FreeBSD 5.4: Is it generally unstable?

Vulpes Velox v.velox at
Thu Jun 9 03:47:09 GMT 2005

On Wed, 08 Jun 2005 20:01:55 +0200
Matthias Buelow <mkb at> wrote:

> Mike Tancsa wrote:
> >> I remember 5.2.1 panicking left and right, on several machines,
> >> it was completely unusable.  Maybe we just live in different
> >> universes.
> > 
> > Me too, but a lot has changed since 5.2.1 which at the time was I
> > think was called a preview.  The topic is 5.4R.  What parts of
> > the OS do you feel are not production ready as compared to 4.X ?
> I won't go into the details here; it has crashed and frozen on me on
> several occasions, it behaves badly when you do things it does not
> expect, like pulling a mounted USB stick, it doesn't have working
> software RAID (Ok, vinum never worked properly but that's a
> different story), and it's performance is sub-par.  I consider it
> "production ready" when the new architecture has fully been
> implemented, GIANT is gone, all those race conditions and deadlocks
> that seemingly still persist have been fixed, and is has weathered
> a release or two after that without apparent problems.

I just had to try the USB part... other than having to unmount it and
remount it, I had no problems.

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