Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 7th Jun 2013 15:16 UTC
FreeBSD FreeBSD 8.4 has been released. "The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 8.4-RELEASE. This is the fifth release from the 8-STABLE branch which improves on the functionality of FreeBSD 8.3 and introduces some new features. Some of the highlights: Gnome version 2.32.1, KDE version 4.10.1; feature flags 5000 version of the ZFS filesystem; support for all shipping LSI storage controllers." The full release notes detail all the changes since 8.3.
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RE: Well no trolling here
by Doc Pain on Fri 7th Jun 2013 19:53 UTC in reply to "Well no trolling here"
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But it sure would be nice if one of these days the BSDs just merge back into one already.

Different goals, different purposes, different ways, and different project philosophies. It would be similarly complicated to expect "the Linux" to be established. There are three (major) BSD operating systems, but many more different Linux distributions (with the pro of choice vs. the contra of partial incompatibility). It's not really comparable, though.

On the other hand, FreeBSD could directly benefit from development on other BSDs which "offer more" (e. g., wireless drivers in OpenBSD or "mobility features" in NetBSD). It's still good to have the ability of choice, especially if features are similarly developed in different BSDs, so one doesn't have to sacrifice efficiency or cleanness of one system for the one feature of another...

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