OS to replace FreeBSD

Jerry jerry at seibercom.net
Fri Mar 19 17:39:02 UTC 2021

On Fri, 19 Mar 2021 10:13:57 -0700, David Christensen stated:
>On 3/19/21 7:10 AM, Jerry wrote:
>> With the soon-to-be release of version 13 of FreeBSD and the EOL of
>> FreeBSD 11.x, I will need to invest in a new OS. Due to FreeBSD’s
>> unfortunate inability to squash bug
>> https://bugs.freebsd.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=237666, l am left
>> with no choice but to seek out a new OS. I need a bare-bones system
>> that can run a mail server, Postfix with Dovecot, and a few other
>> utilities.  
>Looking at that link, I see:
>     ...
>     Gerard Seibert 2021-02-25 21:01:04 UTC
>     ...
>     # dmidecode 3.3
>     ...
>     Handle 0x0001, DMI type 1, 27 bytes
>     System Information
>          Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
>          Product Name: XPS 8930
>          Version: 1.1.15
>          Serial Number: 19WS903
>          UUID: 4c4c4544-0039-5710-8053-b1c04f393033
>          Wake-up Type: Power Switch
>          SKU Number: 0859
>          Family: XPS
>Dell says:
>     Operating system
>         With Windows 10 Home
>So, Windows 10 Home is the only operating system supported by Dell on 
>that computer.  Windows 10 Home should not exhibit the bug you have 
>Check if your software is supported on Windows 10 Home.  If so,
>install Windows 10 Home and install your software.
>Alternatively, get another computer that is known to be compatible
>with your OS and software of choice.
>I am running 12.2-RELEASE-p4 GENERIC amd64 without any problems on:
>* Dell PowerEdge T30 with Intel Xeon E3-1225 v5
>* Intel S1200V3RPL with Intel Xeon E3-1225 v3

You are incorrectly interpreting the data. Windows 10 Home is the base
system. It also comes with Windows 10 Pro as an upgrade. I have used
both and FreeBSD 10 & 11 successfully on this unit.

The problem is with FreeBSD's code change between versions 11 and 12.
The fact that I am not the only one bitten by this bug, and the
inability of FreeBSD to correct it, and it has been over a year, is
certainly not encouraging.

I will acknowledge that it was a fairly cheap system. I only needed it
for a mail server and a few other odds and ends. If I had purchased a
top of the line, cutting edge system then I would certainly not have
expected FreeBSD to support it. That is one of the reasons I didn't.


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