new_guy wrote:

We normally use OpenBSD, but would like to try FreeBSD on a test system.
Usually, when updating from one OpenBSD release to another, we do so by
downloading the latest bsd.rd and booting from that to complete the install.
Our machines have no optical drives. Does FreeBSD have a similar method to

As far as I know OpenBSD advises on binary upgrades so I'd say you're probably looking for freebsd-update as it provides binary updates. This utility is great for binary updates to both kernel and world.

Do take a look at FreeBSD's Handbook.

To update third party applications e.g. ports read this:

If you want to compile a custom kernel:

Update and upgrade methods are described here:

Have fun,
Ricardo Jesus.
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