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[mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of David Meier
Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2004 1:19 PM
Subject: How "safe" is 5.2 to use?

Hello list,

I am relatively new to the world of FreeBSD. But first, congrats to the
new release! I am somewhat insecure on how trustfully I can use the new
release for my intended use (and I hope my questions haven't been posted a
zillion times before). Therefore I hope the FreeBSD nuts can advise me
whether to go for 4.9 or 5.2.

Chad Leigh -- Shire.Net LLC wrote:

On Jan 13, 2004, at 4:45 AM, Vahric MUHTARYAN wrote:

Hi ,

You have to use FreeBSD 4.9, because you can see in freebsd web page
prodcution version is 4.9. and please test it maybe you will see you can not
install 5.2 on your hardware because when I try to install 5.1 on my intel
platform I faced a problem then now I'm using 4.9 . Everybody will say that
wait until more tested version and now its 4.9

Which begs the question. Will FBSD 5 ever be deemed worthy for production use? Over the last year it was said in this list: 5.1 is still a testing version not recommended for production, but 5.2 will be better suited for production.

I intend to transition a less used production server from 4.7 to 5.2 sometime in the next month, and we'll see how it goes. There are certain things I would like from 5...


The "roadmap" now says that 5.X will branch to
-STABLE around the time of 5.3, instead of the
earlier prediction of 5.2.  It seems likely that
folks will take that with a grain of salt, but
perhaps we can be appreciative of the fact that
the RELENG team wants a little extra time to
make sure things are, well, stable before they
name it as such.

It's not unlike a lot of other projects; I've created
a website in two weeks, and I've another that's
crawled on for well over a year.  Some things are
that way, and let's remember the adage "beggars
can't be choosers."  I think it would be difficult to
find a large project that hasn't suffered from things
like "feature creep...."  For a "free" (in the best
sense of the word) OS, we've got a Good Thing going here.

FWIW, I'm running 5.1 pretty well in a server environment
at the present, and just built 5.2 yesterday; everything
seems normal and is working well (pending successful completion
of portupgrade, sometime tomorrow, probably ;-) )....

Kevin Kinsey

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