Hello FreeBSD,

My name is Harry Leonard and I'm very interested in using FreeBSD.  I work
in a small shop, outside of Flagstaff, Arizona for the State of Arizona, in
a half Microsoft, half open source environment.  I'm the resident programmer
and I've used Perl/PHP/MySQL here for almost four years.  My boss has set up
servers running OpenBSD and I get to use them creating our website and
running intranet applications.  My problem now is that my boss is in Iraq
and we're in need of a new server or two.

I've researched the subject and have found myself getting a little squeamish
with the thought of installing/tweaking an OpenBSD box.  FreeBSD seemed like
the next viable option and I did get a thumbs up from my boss.  I also saw a
segment on TechTv's Screen Savers which gave me the confidence that I could
pull this off.  I started looking at versions and decided to purchase the
latest and greatest.

I bought the four disk set of FreeBSD 5.0 w/ the handbook and thought I was
on a roll.  Surely, I installed it several times before I got it right and
then I began to run into problems and loose some confidence.  My problems
started with the installation of Apache.  I'm going back after it today
though and I hope that I'll have some success.  Yes, I am a newbie but a
driven one.  I very much want to have two FreeBSD boxes in-house and I am a
hard one to quit.  I did quit on FreeBSD 5.0 though and I also think this is
where my troubles really began.

I figured that I would do some more reading and found that 5.0 might not be
the best version for newbie's (in cases of trouble).  So, I figured that I
would go to FreeBSD 5.1.  A newer version shouldn't hurt huh?  Well, I think
something went awry in the download and I never got this version to work
correctly for me either.  Well, now I'm figuring that I'll just move
backwards to FreeBSD 4.8 Stable and this will just alleviate all my
problems.  This has not worked yet for me either and my confidence is
further eroding.  But, my tenacity is still in there and I'd rather go down
in flames than let my office mate turn this office into a full Microsoft
shop and me running Apache/PHP/MySQL on an IIS box.  My boss expressed his
dismay of this happening and I told him I would not let him down.  Newbie I
may be but I'm not a quitter.  

This email is about:  Which version of FreeBSD should I be using for
production?  I need to set up an in-house web server for our website and
another box for my few intranet applications.  In the near future I might
have the opportunity to create a firewall box and I really need to get on
top of things.  Today, I'll go back to FreeBSD 5.0 (which I've had the most
success with) and read the errata over again and make sure there's nothing
that I'm missing.  I'd appreciate it if you could give me a stamp of
approval on which version I can/should use for my small production needs.
Sorry, if I've gotten a little windy with my explanation but I wanted to
give you some background.  I also Thank You for reading this email and for
any help that you can provide me in this matter.  Please let me know what
you think?


Harry Leonard
Information Technology Specialist III
Camp Navajo
phone: @ (928) 773-3363
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