I'm considering upgrading from Linux to FreeBSD in my home machine. I
have some doubts concerning the ports collection:
Nice participle (gerund?) in that first sentence :-)
I would use the 4.8-RELEASE branch. The ports are stalled (just
security upgrades) or they continue to be updated with new versions of
What are the updates policies of the ports collections on the other
branches, where do I found more about it?
The ports tree is the ports tree ---- there's no branch. It's tagged -CURRENT in the CVS system, so if you're running -STABLE, for example, you'd have to have seperate supfiles for source and ports (but it's no problem, ready to configure examples are all in /usr/share/examples/cvsup/).
My advice would be to install what you want from ports, cvsup the new tree periodically (say monthly or so) and use 'portupgrade' (from the ports tree) to keep the ports up to date.
Dru Lavigne has a great article on portupgrade at onlamp.com:
I'd also advise that if you do go this route, start portupgrade within a couple of months after you move to FBSD. I waited over a year for one server, and it took a while to get that one straightened out when I finally got around to 'portupgrade' on it. :-(
Kevin Kinsey DaleCo, S.P.
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