FreeBSD 7.1 BETA and update to RELEASE

Michael Powell nightrecon at
Wed Sep 17 07:26:58 UTC 2008

Fernando Apesteguía wrote:

> Hi all,
> I tried to install FreeBSD 7.0 on my computer but my NIC was not
> supported, so finally I didn't install it.
> Yesterday I tried 7.1 Beta bootinst and the network card was
> recognized during the installation. I was planning to install 7.1 Beta
> now, but I have some questions:
> - Is it difficult/painful to update from 7.1 Beta to 7.1 Release when
> it comes available?

> - Should I expect big problems?

Probably not.
> - Is 7.1 Beta stable enough?

Can't say definitively based on presented information. However, it does
sound as if you are in a situation where you don't really have a choice: If
you really want FreeBSD, and you know 7.0-Release isn't working, then give
7.1 Beta a try.

If you do experience problems you can be helpful to the community in general
by filing PR(s). The purpose of the Beta and Release Candidate issues are a
final shakedown in preparation for labeling something a "Release".

If the Beta installs and runs successfully you won't have any problem
updating the system when 7.1-Release makes it out the door. I'd be willing
to bet the probability is pretty high you'll have no trouble. The biggest
caveat there being the hardware you're trying to install it on. Give it a
go, see what happens.


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