Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th Mar 2010 16:55 UTC, submitted by Joel Dahl
FreeBSD The FreeBSD team has released FreeBSD 7.3, the fourth release of the 7-STABLE branch. There will be one more release in this branch, but at this point, most developers are already working on the 8-STABLE branch. FreeBSD 7.3 focusses on bug fixes, but has a few new features as well.
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I have always liked FreeBSD
by tylerdurden on Wed 24th Mar 2010 21:12 UTC
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2009-03-17

I have never liked their installer though, last time I installed FreeBSD I used the PC-BSD installer.

Arcane exoteric installations were cool a decade and a half ago. But come on... when I had to do a FreeBSD installation involving ZFS, the process was borderline maddening.

I am actually very excited for the technologies which the FreeBSD team are incorporating: Jails, the trace subsystem from solaris, ZFS. Heck if they had the possibility of supporting OpenCL/CUDA, FreeBSD would be pretty close to my ideal development platform. The instability of linux's programming interfaces among so many variables (not just major kernel revision) makes it such a PITA to deploy software on it.

At one design team, we had 3 different commercial tools, which supported 3 different distro/revision combinations. I honestly feel that if Solaris or FreeBSD had a similar HW support than Linux, either of them would have made a far better x86 unix for large vendors to standardize around (at least as a clear alternative to windows in the x86 market).

Edited 2010-03-24 21:12 UTC

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