Installing FreeBSD on HP Computer that is using software RAID 5
matthew at FreeBSD.org
Fri Jan 4 16:59:51 UTC 2019
On 04/01/2019 13:52, Carmel NY wrote:
> According to my FreeBSD PC, the latest version is "12.0-RELEASE-p1". I
> have scoured the FreeBSD website; however I do not see a downloadable
> ISO available for the version. So, unless I am mistaken, I would have
> to install the Stable version and then upgrade. Personally, and I mean
> no offense to anyone, but I find that to be total "BS". Obviously, your
> opinion may differ.
Ah... Patch levels are not releases. That is, for an errata or security
fix they do not regenerate the entire set of release images and put them
on the website. So, yeah -- you'll find installer images for FreeBSD
12.0-RELEASE but you will then need to apply the patches to get to
The reason for that is principally because the pN patch levels are
mostly used for security fixes, and it's important to get those out PDQ.
The process of building all of the installer images simply takes too
long. Indeed, there was an occasion fairly recently when a pretty
serious SA came out pretty much in the middle of building the release
bits, and the upshot was the release was delayed a week or so and
eventually came out as X.Y-RELEASE-p1.
Also be aware that the terminology 'stable' means something completely
different to most FreeBSD people than the way you're apparently using
it. '12.0-STABLE' is a development branch which is called STABLE
because it is meant to run stably, not because it doesn't change. This
is a different usage to much of the rest of the world. What can I say?
The FreeBSD project does things a bit differently, and it isn't going to
change the way it has been doing stuff for the last 20+ years just for
the sake of conformity to some else's arbitrary nomenclature.
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