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 Soulbender on Sat 8th Jun 2013 07:35 UTC in reply to "Well no trolling here"
Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

But it sure would be nice if one of these days the BSDs just merge back into one already.


I really see no reason for that at all. They all have different focus,ideals and priorities so smashing them together will not improve things, quite the opposite.

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RE[2]: Well no trolling here
by jessesmith on Sat 8th Jun 2013 14:49 in reply to "RE: Well no trolling here"
jessesmith Member since:
2010-03-11

Considering the merging of the major BSD projects is like considering merging a sports car with a pick-up truck. They have different functions, different goals, different usage styles. Merging is not only not going to create a better product, it would make a much worse product.

Now I could see merging DragonflyBSD and FreeBSD back together. In fact, I believe FreeBSD is actively trying to import some features from Draongfly, like HammerFS. Those projects are likely to get closer over time, but NetBSD, OpenBSD and FreeBSD are quite different both practically and philosophically.

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RE[2]: Well no trolling here
by vitae on Sat 8th Jun 2013 18:59 in reply to "RE: Well no trolling here"
vitae Member since:
2006-02-20

But in reality, how much different are they, and are they different enough to warrant completely separate types of BSD, as opposed to having different "flavors" of the same basic system? What does OpenBSD or NetBSD have anymore that so special it couldn't be merged into FreeBSD, for example?

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