Mel fbsd.questions at rachie.is-a-geek.net
Mon Nov 17 04:21:57 PST 2008

On Monday 17 November 2008 13:01:53 Ott Köstner wrote:
> Manolis Kiagias wrote:
> > I don't think it is a matter of days, we have not even reached RC
> > status yet on 7.1
> > On  a production server you will probably wish to go with
> > 7.0-RELEASE-p5. It would be trivial to upgrade to 7.1 by means of
> > freebsd-update(8) when it is released.
> > You probably don't want to risk 7.1-PRERELEASE on a server, but for
> > anyone running workstations, desktops, laptops I think it is worth
> > trying at this moment.
> I am a person, who made a mistake, installing 7.1 on my production
> server (actually RELENG_7 stable, which shows up as 7.1).
> My question is, how stupid is that mistake?

Not very. The -stable branches really are stable, 99% of the time. Just glance 
through /usr/src/UPDATING. The difference between RELENG_7 now and 7.1 when 
it comes out, is:
- fixing of bugs that you would've noticed already (hardware issues, 
installer / boot code)
- polishing (dotting i's and crossing t's)
- even more testing then has been done already
- 2 week long security review by the security team
- the packages on the cdroms
- output of uname -r

The release is merely a snapshot of the source tree, that has had more eyes 
looking at it then normal. There are no guarantees. If your company policy 
requires you to run releases (+ their updates) on production servers, that 
would be the only good reason to install 7.0-p5.
Otherwise, keep RELENG_7 and once 7.1 comes out, change csup tag to 
RELENG_7_1, recompile and you're done.


Problem with today's modular software: they start with the modules
    and never get to the software part.

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