Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 13th May 2006 18:32 UTC, submitted by Valour
FreeBSD SoftwareInReview, well, reviews FreeBSD 6.1, and concludes: "Overall I found FreeBSD 6.1 to be another step in the right direction, and I think it's encouraging that there weren't any revolutionary base system changes in this release. Sometimes big changes are unavoidable, but historically the FreeBSD team has bungled such leaps as the switch to the ULE scheduler, the introduction of SMP, and the liberation of the base system from the big giant lock. Sometimes you have to stop and make sure that what you presently have is working properly, and it looks like now is that time for FreeBSD. I applaud their efforts with 6.1 and look forward to testing 6.2."
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RE: FreeBSD evolution
by manix on Sat 13th May 2006 22:53 UTC
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I have to agree. FreeBSD feels more mature than GNU/Linux and not as limited as OpenBSD. It is also very well documented and quite easy to use, if you take the time to learn it first (no fancy gui to admin it).

For me, only system that comes close to it for the ease of use is Slackware, and for the Documentation and maturity, Debian.

Versions > 6.0 RELASE are very stable. I had crashes with versions 5.* and sometimes with the very first release of 6.0, due to the sound system. This hasn't happened to me for a very long time now.

Most of the very latest programs are ported on FreeBSD. When a new version of KDE or Gnome comes out, it gets ported to FreeBSD in a week or so.

There are also not so good sites with FreeBSD. One of them is while there are many ports (about 14000), some of them are broken; and unlike Debian ports, they are not checked by the FreeBSD team for security. Also there is no way to upgrade you ports just for security. You upgrade them all to the very latest and the port collection is upgraded almost every day. With Debian, unlike FreeBSD, I can tell it to fetch security updates, and leave the rest as it is.

Also the way to upgrade the ports to the latest, is by rebuilding them using the command "portupgrade -a". That usually works quite well, but can take a very long time if you have a slow computer.

You don't have all the latest 3D drivers for graphic cards.

Last but not least. Only few TV applications run on FreeBSD and they are totally outdated.

This being said, FreeBSD remains my favorite OS on servers and on my desktop.

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