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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What are you counting as the base system? Linux distros are all pretty consistent about the basic userspace software - it's all the standard GNU packages, glibc, coreutils, etc.

No they aren't when it comes to the libraries they have installed. They also don't all use the same kernel version.

But my issue is more that the people working on the kernel are not working with the distros and don't care if their changes cause problems. It would have been better if they provided a stable Unix-like OS and then let the distros fight over the GUI. This way they could standardize things like the audio system and package installation format. The current method just leads to chaos.

Not that I expect them to do anything of the sort. Linus has stated that he enjoys that chaos that often results. He doesn't want to provide a stable base.

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