Confusion about installing X and release upgrading?

Kevin Kinsey kdk at
Mon Dec 3 19:47:59 PST 2007

Zachary Kline wrote:
> "Kevin Kinsey" <kdk at> wrote in message 
> news:475484EE.4000004 at
>> Zachary Kline wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>>     I'm currently using FreeBSD 6.2 release with security patches from 
>>> Releng6-2.  This is in a Qemu virtual machine, if only because I don't 
>>> know of any other system which will let me redirect the serial port over 
>>> a Telnet session.
>>>     All that being said, I am slightly confused by the stuff I've read on 
>>> the FreeBSD release process.  I know that 7.0 is due to come out soon, if 
>>> it isn't out already.  Am I correct in taking from what I've read that 
>>> 6.2 will continue to be supported for a while yet?
>> 7.0 is at BETA3 right now, and 7.0-RELEASE is expected to be an
>> early Christmas present.
>> 6.2 support is slated to end in late spring, IIRC, but since there will
>> be at least one more 6.X release, you should be able to run a 6.X variety
>> and expected to be supported through most of next year (see the Release
>> Engineering team's page and the Security Team's page for more details;
>> SecTeam should have a general EOL policy statement for number of months
>> after a RELEASE, etc.)
>>>     Also, about installing X.  I've had an interest in trying to see how 
>>> well Gnome and Orca perform in FreeBSD.  Is there a cannonical way to 
>>> install X and Gnome?  I've heard from monitoring this mailing list that 
>>> the x11/xorg metaport isn't particularly favored.  Would I need a 
>>> complete X installation for Ghome anyway?
>>> Thanks in advance for any advice.
>>> All the best,
>>> Zack.
>> The Right Way (tm):
>> 1.  Update your ports tree.
>> 2.  As root, do this:
>> # cd /usr/ports/x11/gnome2
>> # make install clean
> Hi,
>     This will fetch in the Xorg dependencies as well, I presume?
> Thanks,
> Zack.

AFAIK, yes.  YMMV, and all that.  I've not used Gnome
for a couple years now.

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