what version to use for home desktop?

Nils Holland nils at tisys.org
Thu Jul 15 03:22:29 PDT 2004

On Thursday 15 July 2004 11:45, Haim Ashkenazi wrote:
> Hi
> After using FreeBSD for a month on a server, I thought of moving my
> desktop from debian unstable to freebsd (I've been using linux as my
> desktop for 7 years now, and it's time for a change... :) ). I'm wondering
> about what version to use. on debian it's very common to use unstable for
> the desktop (if you know that sometimes a package breaks) and it's very
> rare that the whole system breaks (I never seen that in the 2 years I'm
> using it). what's the status on freebsd? can I use CURRENT for my desktop
> without being afraid that it won't boot after an upgrade?

Well, there's always a chance that when you cvsup the latest sources and make 
world that things won't work because something wasn't not quite right in the 
sources right at the time when you did your cvsup. Chances of that happening 
are, of course, quite a bit higher for -CURRENT than for -STABLE.

Generally, depending on what hardware you have in your machine and such, 
-CURRENT (or a release from the 5.x branch) should be well suitable for day 
to day use. There might be still some issues with it, but it's always worked 
fine for me on whatever machine I put it (though I must admit that my 
day-to-day desktop machine actually still runs 4-STABLE).

> the reason I 
> want CURRENT is mostly hardware support (e.g. I have a SB!Live and I read
> that STABLE doesn't support it).

Really? I don't have one of those, but the hardware notes for 4.10 as can be 
found on the website deem to suggest that SB!Live's are supported under 4.x.


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