Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 6th Aug 2005 17:22 UTC
FreeBSD "The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 6.0-BETA2." A list of mirrors is available here.
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RE: thanks, Anonymous and rycamor
by rycamor on Mon 8th Aug 2005 20:35 UTC in reply to "thanks, Anonymous and rycamor"
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I am using 5.3 and 5.4 in production right now, with absolutely no difficulties. Now, to be sure, I am not yet using the ULE scheduler or Preemption in the kernel. Point being, many of these problems are regarding things you do not need to turn on. There are plenty of good reasons for moving to the 5.x series besides the "biggies" like ULE. Many new fixes, better hardware detection, new init design, etc... as well as newer libraries in base and the ports system.

Not to say there are no problems, but none that has been a showstopper for me. My company has currently shipped at least 100 "network appliance"-style boxes based on 5.3, and we are very happy with the results. 5.4 looks even better yet, as well as 6.x, of course.

I think most of the serious problems with the 5.x and possibly 6.x series is more in edge cases or extreme usage scenarios. Yes, if you are planning to run an 8-CPU box with a busy database, you might want to wait until ULE is better worked-out, since it addresses that sort of scalability. For most standard usage, as well as desktop usage, regular 5.x and 6.x seems to work quite well.

My laptop is running 5_STABLE right now, and running quite nicely, with full multimedia, hundreds of ports installed, the latest Firefox/Thunderbird/OpenOffice/what-have-you, and I enjoy every minute of it. I recently donated a very low-end machine with 5.4 on it to some non-computer-literate friends, where I customized everything as much I could with automount, KPPP for their dial-up, icons for all the most common things they would use, and they are happily surfing the web and using email every day :-). So far, I have had only one phone call about the machine. Other than that, it just... runs.

So yes, check it out. Enjoy. (One hint: the default shell for standard users is simply /bin/sh, which is pretty disappointing. Just install /usr/ports/shells/bash, or set users' shells to /bin/csh to get a shell with history, auto-completion, etc...)

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