Which Release to Download?

David Syphers dsyphers at u.washington.edu
Thu Sep 9 13:22:14 PDT 2004

On Thursday 09 September 2004 08:13 am, Jerry McAllister wrote:
> > At this point, unless you have some critical application that needs the
> > proven stability of 4.x, I don't see a good reason for a new user to
> > start there. Given that you want it for learning, I would say the
> > choice is between 5.2.1  and waiting for 5.3 (which will be a full
> > production release) in a few weeks.
> This is really the opposite of the best official advice that is given.
> Unless you have a strong reason for needing 5.xxx, then installing 4.10
> is a good idea.   It is the officially stable production system.   True
> that 5.2.1 is basically quite reliable now, but there is no reason not
> to use the official production release
> which is 4.10.

I disagree. I think a completely new user should start with 5.x - there's no 
reason to learn the details of how 4.x works, just to have significant 
portions of that knowledge become obsolete in a month. I wouldn't use 5.2.1 
on a production machine, but it's perfectly fine for a desktop or learning 

> > If you plan to use FreeBSD as your main desktop OS you might want to
> > wait for 5.3, otherwise the upgrade from 5.2.1 to 5.3 shouldn't be too
> > hard, and it's part of the learning process.
> It would also be part of the learning process to move from 4.10
> to 5.3 which would be a little more radical move when it comes.

I don't think a new user should try his first make world as a move from 5.2.1 
to 5.3. There are quite a lot of pitfalls along the way, including the 
installation of a new gcc version (there are around 40 entries 
in /usr/src/UPDATING relevant to the upgrade). And I wouldn't wish a 
4.10-to-5.3 source upgrade on anyone (though it is possible).

Personally, I would wait the approximately 3 days until 5.3-BETA4 is 
available, and use that. Then the original poster can play around with 
FreeBSD for a while, and by the time 5.3-RELEASE comes out, might be ready 
for a straightforward source upgrade.


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