Upgrading Freebsd 5.4 release to 5.4 stable

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at clunix.cl.msu.edu
Thu Feb 23 06:52:17 PST 2006

> Hi,
> We have 12 servers running freebsd. They are basically web servers having
> cpanel control panel.
> All these server are running FreeBSD 5.4 Release as of now. Now are thinking
> of upgrading it to 5.4 Stable

Hmmm.   I wouldn't call that an upgrade really.
Except for a few possibly meaningful security patches, it is 
the same thing.

You might well be much better served by upgrading to V6.0 or even 
waiting a couple of weeks and going to V6.1.   It is scheduled
for March 20 and it looks like things are pretty much keeping 
to schedule.

> Please let me know the merits and demerits of the same. Do you feel it is
> good move to upgrade to the stable version.

The stable version is really sort of an interim collection of
the development version.   It is generally felt to be "stable" with a
general sense that everything will work together, but not necessarily 
ready to be considered a "release" which is a formally tested collection 
that generally also has the more active ports built and tested against 
it by the port maintainers.   

The stable version is only a little bit more together than the 'current'
version which is really just a daily snapshot of the development tree with
no particular assurance that everything works together - though FreeBSD is
well enough put together that current tends to be workable.

If you are determined to stick with 5.xxx for some reason, then go
for 5.5 which is scheduled for April 3 or track RELENG_5 to get its
latest security updates.   But, I think you should move to 6.1 or
at least RELENG_6.    Do a complete fresh clean install of 6.1 and
then start tracking the RELENG_6.

> If it is suggested that I go for the upgrade which mode would suit the
> servers ?

I don't know what you mean by mode.


> Awaiting all your valuable suggestions ...
> --
> Jayesh Jayan
> "The box said "Requires Windows 95, NT, or better", so I installed FreeBSD."
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