Good comments

Mark Weisman mark at
Thu Feb 5 10:41:35 PST 2004

  I'm not involved in FreeBSD in any way, however, currently all seven
of my webservers and support group run on a flavor of FreeBSD dating all
the way back to the 4.4-Stables that run DNS. The boxes run
exceptionally well with uptimes in the teens of months. I've recently
updated my primary webserver to 5.1 release, and other than a few of my
own stupidity moments, it too rocks. I have installed this, and will
continue to install this, and only this, operating system as the
Internet system of choice.

  My two cents...

Res Ipsa Loquitor,
Mark-Nathaniel Weisman
Site Master

-----Original Message-----
From: lee slaughter [mailto:lee at] 
Sent: Thursday, February 05, 2004 9:31 AM
To: Simon Barner
Cc: Bluegravity82 at; freebsd-questions at
Subject: Re: Good comments

Simon Barner wrote:

>>                 I just bought BSDfree version 5.1 because I had very 
>>comments about your operating system. Our company is planning to use
as a NAT 
>>server . I want to know where can I take some courses to have at least
>>basics that it looks to be an awesome operating system.
>For a production system, the 5.x branch of FreeBSD (sic!) is not quite 
>ready yet, so you should better go with FreeBSD 4.9 (FreeBSD 4.x is the

>so-called stable branch at the present).
>If you insist in deploying FreeBSD 5.x, please note that FreeBSD 5.2 is

>already out.

I too bought shrink-wrapped 5.1 CD set from bookstore and now have it 
running pretty well.
I really don't feel like re-installing it already but the implication is

that if you (unwittingly) installed a -CURRENT, you need to keep it up, 
i.e. go  today to 5.2, etc.....

I don't wanna do that. I'm newbie and my box is  production-prone and I 
don't want bleeding edge and too ignorant to be in the -CURRENT branch.

So....  are we recommended to go to 4.9-STABLE?  (implying no updates 
until next -STABLE comes out?  

What are the dire consequences of staying with 5.1 until 5-STABLE comes 
out... and not  always upgrading?

tks..... this is a great os and a great support group, btw.

lee slaughter

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