FreeBSD 5.4: Is it generally unstable?
nalists at scls.lib.wi.us
Wed Jun 8 13:43:47 GMT 2005
Peter Jeremy wrote:
> IMHO, just reading this mailing list will give you an overly negative
> view of FreeBSD's stability. My experiences are that FreeBSD 5.4
> using a GENERIC kernel (or something close to it) is quite stable.
Second that. Based on the observable chatter around 5.x problem
areas since its inception, I opted to keep plugging away with 4.x
for a long time after it was marked "legacy". However, I also noted
that over time, most reported problems ended up being solved (always
a plus when evaluating a system's worthiness ;).
I recently began to seriously hammer on several test boxes with
RELENG_5 (starting just before 5.4 PRE), and since I started doing
that I haven't seen a single problem with a variety of mainstream
Wintel hardware components. We plan to migrate all our 4.x
production servers over the course of the summer, and are
considering deploying a number of new ones.
I think that while there have been some outspoken critics of the 5.x
branch, and there continue to be some minor rough spots, it is
generally a very good system.
Greg Barniskis, Computer Systems Integrator
South Central Library System (SCLS)
Library Interchange Network (LINK)
<gregb at scls.lib.wi.us>, (608) 266-6348
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