On Sat, 7 Nov 2009 10:57:54 -0600, Adam Vande More <amvandem...@gmail.com> wrote: > There are three basic branches, CURRENT STABLE RELEASE > > You want release. You shouldn't run anything else unless you're willing and > able to help with testing, debugging, and development.
That's a quite generic answer, but basically I agree. On a production system, in most cases RELEASE is the branch you want to follow, beginning from X.Y-RELEASE and then tacking the security updates X.Y-RELEASE-pZ. The tool freebsd-update is very good for this task, especially when you're not running a custom kernel. STABLE is a good solution when you want to use a stable system, but are interested in additions between the releases. Things that are tested and found working are present in STABLE and will often appear in the upcoming RELEASE. CURRENT is interesting for you - as Adam said - for testing and development, and if you are intendedly interested in "bleeding edge" software. Note that it can happen that a CURRENT system of today won't build, but will tomorrow. It's the development branch. In any case: You should re-install or re-compile ALL of your applications when you perform the step to a new release (e. g. 7.2 -> 8.0). You can install the 7-compat port to avoid this (downward compatibility libraries). -- Polytropon Magdeburg, Germany Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0 Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ... _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "freebsd-questions-unsubscr...@freebsd.org"