How stable is 4.9-RELEASE proving to be?

Maxim Konovalov maxim at
Wed Oct 29 08:51:47 PST 2003

On Wed, 29 Oct 2003, 09:41-0700, Brett Glass wrote:

> We need immediate feedback on the stability of FreeBSD 4.9-RELEASE. (Yes, I
> know, people are just starting to download it now.) We want and need some of
> the important fixes that went into -STABLE in the past month (including vital
> upates to IPFW2), but can't afford to put a release that's not absolutely
> solid on a production system. (For the same reason, we probably won't go to
> 5.x until 5.3.) The comment in the release notes suggesting that conservative
> users stick with 4.8-RELEASE is not encouraging. If 4.9 isn't stable, we may
> be forced to jump over to OpenBSD 3.4 for new production systems.

All our tests show RELENG_4 is quite stable atm.  We are going to
upgrade all our production systems to 4.9-STABLE in two weeks.

Maxim Konovalov, maxim at, maxim at

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