newbie to fbsd

Giorgos Keramidas keramida at
Tue Aug 30 12:14:55 GMT 2005

On 2005-08-30 09:01, Mario Carugno <mcarugno at> wrote:
> Hi there, i am now a Debian user, but curious about FreeBSD. Here are
> some questions:
> * I don't have a fast internet connection, so i have to get the CDROM
> distribution. The question is:
> ALL packages found in are
> included in the CDROMs, or they have only some of them ?

Some of them.  The FreeBSD ports collection now has more than 13000
entries, and some of the packages use several MBs of space.  Having
all the ports built and distributed as part of the release ISO images
would require a huge number of disks!

> * What's the difference between 5.4 and 4.11 releases ? Why 4.11 CDROM
> distribution have 4 CDs and the later 5.4 have only 2 CDs ?

The FreeBSD documentation set includes a fairly recent article that may
help you decide which version is the best for you:

Other useful articles and books about FreeBSD can be found here:

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