sonic2000gr at gmail.com
Fri Aug 15 07:56:09 UTC 2008
jdd sur free wrote:
> Hello :-)
> I'm new to freeBSD, so forgive me if my question is boring :-(
> I just discover than my computer hosting company allow the use of
> on they cheap (20€/month
> http://www.ovh.com/fr/particulier/produits/kimsufi08.xml) systems.
> until now I used on my hosted computer my linux of choice, that is
> openSUSE, but on a cheap, that is with little power, server, openSUSE
> is overkill
> so I plan to use freBSD soon.
> However, as said, I don't now yet freeBSD. I have some sort of
> experience of openBSD, but only on old fashioned computer (SS1,
> SS20...) but I think there will not be major difference and I plan
> anyway to install freebsd on virtualbox first to test it.
> I'm an old linux hacker and compiling is not really a problem, even if
> I feel better without :-)
> so then, my question: what about security updates? with openSUSE I
> have an automatic update. For freeBSD, I didn't find anything on this
> archive list and the google search sent me to old doc (2003)
> where is freeBSD in this respect?
The FreeBSD base system gets security updates through freebsd-update,
(assuming you install a -RELEASE version)
For third party applications (what you install from ports or packages)
you can use a variety of utilities to update / check them:
ports-mgmt/portaudit will warn you when an installed application has a
known security problem
ports-mgmt/portupgrade will allow you to upgrade any (or all)
applications to their latest versions.
There are quite a few more programs that deal with application
install/upgrade, I suggest you have a look at the ports-mgmt directory
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