Installing FreeBSD on HP Computer that is using software RAID 5

Carmel NY carmel_ny at
Thu Jan 3 19:48:05 UTC 2019

On Thu, 3 Jan 2019 17:51:47 +0000, Matthew Seaman stated:

>On 03/01/2019 17:20, Carmel NY wrote:
>> On Thu, 3 Jan 2019 17:00:36 +0000, Matthew Seaman stated:
>>> Nope.  So long as you have Internet access available, then you can
>>> use the 'Boot Only' disk image for FreeBSD 12 in exactly the same
>>> way.
>>> 	Cheers,
>>> 	Matthew  
>> Thank you Matthew, I was worried that things had changed. I like
>> installing from the net. Also, hopefully I am getting the latest
>> versions, although that is probably not true. I know that Microsoft
>> does that, but I am not really sure how FreeBSD handles it.
>If you download the installer image for FreeBSD-12.0 then that's
>exactly what you'll get as the base system: FreeBSD-12.0-RELEASE. You
>would then need to run freebsd-update(8) or similar after installation
>to get any subsequently issued security or errata patches.
>By contrast, with pkgs you would always be getting the latest
>available version available from the repository, although remember
>that the default for a -RELEASE system is to use the quarterly package
>set, so "latest available" could mean (at worst) "3 months behind the
>current upstream version."  Given that at the time of writing this
>e-mail the 2019Q1 branch is only 3 days old, right now everything is
>still pretty much up to date compared to the latest packages.
>	Cheers,
>	Matthew

Matthew, I think you might have some say in how FreeBSD operates. When
a user downloads a new version of FreeBSD, lets say version 12.0, they
should get that version. Now, if there is a newer version, lets say
version 12.1 of 12.2, or whatever, the user should be presented with
the option of downloading the latest version. Microsoft does something
similar, and I see no reason not to follow that trend. The user should
be given the option. If there is a newer version available, why should
the end user be handicapped?


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