Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 12th Jan 2012 22:54 UTC
FreeBSD Some people already submitted this news last week, but it wasn't until today that it became official: the FreeBSD team has announced the release of FreeBSD version 9.0. As you may expect from the major version number change, this is releas eis packed with new stuff.
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RE[2]: Just my two cents
by sbergman27 on Fri 13th Jan 2012 17:32 UTC in reply to "RE: Just my two cents"
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You don't have to upgrade every 6 months but it's recommended.

You're talking about OpenBSD, of course. But this prompted me to look over FreeBSD's release history. It looks like they target about 2 yr release cycles for major versions. And maybe 8-12 months for minor versions. I've always felt that the Linux world could benefit from longer cycles. This makes FreeBSD look more interesting to me.

And each major release looks to have an impressive ~5yr support cycle. It looks like you do have to upgrade through the minor releases to get that. But I assume their idea of a minor release is similar to RHEL's. i.e. very conservative, no big deal, just set it to go automatically with confidence that nothing will break.

It certainly appears to have some attractive features for business use. After supporting Linux for 16 years, I've become tired of the constant, often pointless churn, and have moved back to CentOS pretty much everywhere. (That is to say in those places that I ever decided to diverge from it at all.) I do have a couple of upgrades to do in the next month, since CentOS 4's 7 year life cycle is up at the end of February. And I must say, I'm going to miss that release. It's had a fantastic, and virtually flawless run.

Edited 2012-01-13 17:35 UTC

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