At 01:45 PM 10/16/2006, Simon Gao wrote:
I have a few FreeBSD machine from 4.x to 5.x. I have asked people how to
upgrade them to latest version 6.x cleanly. All I was told is that I
need to wipe them out and reinstall. However, this is not the case with
Gentoo Linux. With Gentoo, version release does not matter that much,
you can always keep your system up to date if you like. Of cause, you
can also choose staying at a certain version.

Linux supports more devices than FreeBSD, especially new devices.

Whoever gave you the 'wipe and reinstall' advice for the 5.x to 6.x migration was insane.

4.x to 6.x is a pain, due to major changes in /dev (5.x and later use devfs, 4.x doesn't) but can still be done. but the 5.6 to 6.x migration is fairly straight forward with a buildworld and a couple minor caveats as noticed in UPDATING.


P.S. while 4.x to 5.x is possible, I'd still personally do a wipe/reinstall. 5.x to 6.x, I'd build world.

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