On Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 02:25:59PM -0800, prad wrote: > i am puzzled by what seems to be almost a parallel processor development > model that exists with freebsd. when 7 came out people were still > working on 6.3 i think it was with the aim of going to 6.4 and now with > 7.x underway, there is work being do for 8 (for which you can get a > snapshot cd. (i seem to recall something similar with debian too). > > why would people work on 7.x (and 6.x as well i guess) if 8 is already > available?
The CURRENT branch (which will become 8.x) is for the hackers to play in and to give them the opportunity to introduce big, rapid changes without messing up machines that need to be usable. Some changes might not even compile at first or lead to crashes. So the 7.x releases and the 7-STABLE branch is focused more on reliability and bugfixes. One older branch 6.x is maintained as a legacy branch for people who cannot switch to 7.x. For a more in-depth explanation, see http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/current-stable.html Roland -- R.F.Smith http://www.xs4all.nl/~rsmith/ [plain text _non-HTML_ PGP/GnuPG encrypted/signed email much appreciated] pgp: 1A2B 477F 9970 BA3C 2914 B7CE 1277 EFB0 C321 A725 (KeyID: C321A725)
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