Installing FreeBSD on HP Computer that is using software RAID 5

Polytropon freebsd at
Thu Jan 3 20:37:26 UTC 2019

On Thu, 3 Jan 2019 19:48:01 +0000, Carmel NY wrote:
> 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.

I'm not sure this matches with how people tend to obtain
FreeBSD. Either from the website or from the FTP server,
at some point there is a list of version, for example:

	Name	Type		Size	Time
	10.1	Directory		11/12/2017 00:00:00
	10.2	Directory		11/12/2017 00:00:00
	10.3	Directory		11/12/2017 00:00:00
	10.4	Directory		11/12/2017 00:00:00
	11.0	Directory		11/12/2017 00:00:00
	11.1	Directory		11/12/2017 00:00:00
	11.2	Directory		06/27/2018 00:00:00
	12.0	Directory		12/11/2018 19:07:00
	9.3	Directory		11/12/2017 00:00:00

What kind of logic would imply that someone decides to download,
let's say, version 11.0, but after starting the installation
surprisingly wants or expects version 11.2?

Sure, given Internet connection is available, such an option (!)
would not be bad, if someone accidentally downloaded 11.0, but
actually intended to install 11.2, to continue with the example
presented above. Such options could also include to install
patched versions (e. g., -RELEASE-pX) or more recent snapshots
(e. g., -STABLE) which wouldn't even be on the -RELEASE list.

But is this likely to happen?

Those who update their system usually use freebsd-update or
build from source, depending on very different needs and
requirements, and even if it's the first thing they do after
the installation of a -RELEASE version.

My very individual summary: People download the version they
want, not the version they don't want. ;-)

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