FreeBSD 8 support

Polytropon freebsd at
Tue May 27 18:37:14 UTC 2014

On Tue, 27 May 2014 10:41:43 -0600, markham breitbach wrote:
> I operate a distributed cluster of FreeBSD servers running on version
> 8.  We have a significant amount of custom in-house software and an
> array of rather uniquely configured OSS installed from packages / ports
> / or built from source as required.   All that to say, upgrading
> represents a significant amount of work, not to mention regression
> testing of some fairly complex systems.

That's to be expected. :-)

> It looks like FreeBSD 8.4 has "extended" support expected to last until
> June 30, 2015.  Can anyone tell me if that is expected to be the EOL for
> FreeBSD 8 or is an 8.5 release expected to follow?

FreeBSD 8 already isn't developed actively anymore. The
EOL is planned to be the end of June 2015 for 8-STABLE.
There probably won't be any new release of the v8 branch.

The current OS version is 10, and the legacy version is 9.
This is where new releases will appear.

If you can, try to run your applications on a v10 system.
Install the compat8x and compat8x packages to run older
binaries if recompiling them on the current OS version
is a problem.

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