living with freebsd
jeffrey at goldmark.org
Tue May 6 00:51:54 UTC 2008
On May 5, 2008, at 12:12 AM, prad wrote:
> i'd like to know how people live with freebsd.
My FreeBSD systems are light weight servers only, so what I do is
specific to my circumstances and tastes.
> do you use only ports or only packages or a mixture?
I only use ports, but I suppose that if I had some really large things
to install like OOo, I would consider using packages.
> do you upgrade from version to version using freebsd tools or do it
I use csup and will rebuild world and the kernel as needed. I've got
a fairly stripped down kernel to improve boot times. But again, I
kind of find it "cool" to compile the whole OS. It may be irrational
and non-optimal. That's why I said some of this is a matter of taste
as well as circumstances.
My choice of when to upgrade the OS really depends on what I need. I
don't like to be too far behind. I recently moved one system for 7.0
RELEASE to 7 STABLE because of a specific fix that affected one of my
> do you have a different approach regarding the above depending on
> whether it is for a server or a desktop?
I suspect that for a desktop, I would be more tempted to keep closer
to GENERIC and use packages. But I only have FreeBSD servers on which
I don't even run an X11 server.
Jeffrey Goldberg http://www.goldmark.org/jeff/
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