Joseph Vella wrote:
I notice a lot of references to version 4.x. Is there any overwhelming reason why its use seems to be still popular. I'm wanting to set up a server (just for play) on my home network using a PII machine. Am I better off using an older version for such old equipment? If so, do any particular versions stand out?

If I had my choice I would use 4.10 instead of 5.X. No real bias against the changes or decisions made in 5.X, and I don't want to start an argument. But my 4.x servers just run, and run, and run. I've never had to ask a question or had any issues when patching or installing software/hardware on my 4.X servers. 4.X just seems more stable and more mature to me, which is what attracted me to FreeBSD 7 odd years ago.

If you want to *learn* FreeBSD I would recommend 4.X as there is lots of information, forum data, HowTo, example information already out there.

On the flip side, I've never needed any of the features provided by 5.X over 4.X. If I needed jails, or ACL, max performance, or bleeding edge hardware support, I am sure my opinion would be different. So my opinion is just that, my opinion.


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