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[2]: Well no trolling here
by vitae on Fri 7th Jun 2013 22:05 UTC in reply to "RE: Well no trolling here"
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Is that really true anymore? Once upon a time it was "OpenBSD security, NetBSD portability, FreeBSD..." But did NetBSD or FreeBSD ever not care about security? Do these differences in philosophy really exist anymore? Or have they simply got used to doing it their individual ways, and old habits die hard?

This may or may not be the place for this kind of discussion (though in my mind it beats debating the OSes for phones), but I really think this question is long overdue for the various factions.

It just seems to me when they talk about things like the "elegance" while perpetually struggling to keep up with hardware support and more practical matters, they've divided and conquered themselves. Can anybody honestly say there's enough difference between the 4 branches to warrant the dilution of manpower?

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