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FreeBSD

Last Update: 2017-03-29 08:20 UTC


FreeBSD is a UNIX-like operating system for the i386, amd64, IA-64, arm, MIPS, powerpc, ppc64, PC-98 and UltraSPARC platforms based on U.C. Berkeley's "4.4BSD-Lite" release, with some "4.4BSD-Lite2" enhancements. It is also based indirectly on William Jolitz's port of U.C. Berkeley's "Net/2" to the i386, known as "386BSD", though very little of the 386BSD code remains. FreeBSD is used by companies, Internet Service Providers, researchers, computer professionals, students and home users all over the world in their work, education and recreation. FreeBSD comes with over 20,000 packages (pre-compiled software that is bundled for easy installation), covering a wide range of areas: from server software, databases and web servers, to desktop software, games, web browsers and business software - all free and easy to install.

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FreeBSD Summary
Distribution FreeBSD
Home Page http://www.freebsd.org/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2016-10-10: BSD release: FreeBSD 11.0
 • 2016-09-18: Development Release: FreeBSD 11.0-RC3
 • 2016-08-25: Development Release: FreeBSD 11.0-RC2
 • 2016-08-13: Development Release: FreeBSD 11.0-RC1
 • 2016-08-07: Development Release: FreeBSD 11.0-BETA4
 • 2016-07-30: Development Release: FreeBSD 11.0-BETA3
 • 2016-07-25: Development Release: FreeBSD 11.0-BETA2
 • 2016-06-18: Development Release: FreeBSD 11.0-ALPHA4
 • 2016-04-04: BSD Release: FreeBSD 10.3
 • 2016-03-21: Development Release: FreeBSD 10.3-RC3
 • 2016-03-13: Development Release: FreeBSD 10.3-RC2
 • 2016-03-05: Development Release: FreeBSD 10.3-RC1
 • More FreeBSD releases...

  Headlines:
 •2017-02-14 FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report
 •2017-01-01 FreeBSD EoL notices
 •2016-12-22 FreeBSD porting Wayland
 •2016-11-14 FreeBSD Quarterly Report
 •2016-10-11 386BSD website provides code archive
 •2016-10-04 Some FreeBSD versions reaching EoL
 •2016-09-30 FreeBSD 11.0 to be rebuilt
 •2016-09-06 FreeBSD gains CentOS 7 port
 •2016-08-19 FreeBSD video support
 •2016-08-08 FreeBSD adds extra development build
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Feature 12-CURRENT 11-STABLE 11.0 10.3 9.3 8.2 7.4 6.4 5.5 4.11 3.5 2.2.8 Feature
Release Date 2017-03-29 2017-03-29 2016-10-10 2016-04-04 2014-07-15 2013-06-09 2011-02-24 2008-11-28 2006-05-25 2005-01-25 2000-06-24 1998-11-29 Release Date
End Of Life       2018-04 2016-12 2015-08             End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
CDs -- -- 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 3 3 2 2 2 2 CDs
Free Download Ports Ports ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Installation
Default Desktop                         Default Desktop
Package Management TXZ TXZ TXZ TXZ TXZ TXZ TBZ TBZ TBZ TGZ TGZ TGZ Package Management
Office Suite Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture aarch64, amd64, armv6, i386, powerpc, powerpc64, sparc64 aarch64, amd64, armv6, i386, powerpc, powerpc64, sparc64 aarch64, amd64, armv6, i386, powerpc, powerpc64, sparc64 amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64, sparc64 amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64, sparc64 amd64, arm, armel, i386, ia64, mips, mipsel, pc98, powerpc, sparc64, xbox amd64, arm, armel, i386, ia64, mips, mipsel, pc98, powerpc, sparc64, xbox alpha, amd64, i386, ia64, pc98, powerpc, sparc64, xbox alpha, amd64, i386, ia64, pc98, powerpc, sparc64 alpha, i386 alpha, i386 alpha, i386 Processor Architecture
Journaled File Systems UFS2 SU+J UFS2 + gjournal UFS2 + gjournal UFS2 + gjournal UFS2 + gjournal UFS2 + gjournal UFS2 + gjournal           Journaled File Systems
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Multilingual
Asian Language Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes arabic, cn, jp, kr, tw arabic, cn, jp, kr, tw arabic, cn, jp, kr, tw arabic, cn, jp, kr, tw arabic, cn, jp, kr, tw arabic, cn, jp, kr, tw Asian Language Support
Full Package List 12-current 11-stable 11.0 10.3 9.3 8.2 7.4 6.4 5.5 4.11 3.5 2.2.8 Full Package List
Package 12-CURRENT 11-STABLE 11.0 10.3 9.3 8.2 7.4 6.4 5.5 4.11 3.5 2.2.8 Package
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.1 3.0.1 3.0.1 3.0.1 2.8.6 2.8.4 2.8.4 2.6.3 2.4.2 2.2.1 -- -- abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.3) 1.1.2 1.1.2 1.1.2 1.0.29 1.0.27.2 1.0.23 1.0.23 1.0.10 -- -- -- -- alsa-lib (1.1.3)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4) 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.1 4.1 3.2 3.1 3.0 2.04 2.02.1 bash (4.4)
bind (9.11.0-P3) 9.11.0-P3 9.11.0-P3 9.10.4-P2 9.10.2-P3 9.9.5 9.7.2-P3 9.7.2 9.5.0 9.3.2 9.3.0 -- 8.1.2 bind (9.11.0-P3)
chromium (57.0.2987.133) 57.0.2987.110 57.0.2987.110 52.0.2743.116 44.0.2403.107 35.0.1916.153 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (57.0.2987.133)
cups (2.2.3) 2.2.2 2.2.2 2.1.4 2.0.3 1.7.1 1.4.5 1.4.6 1.3.9 1.1.23 1.1.22 -- -- cups (2.2.3)
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.3.5 4.3.5 4.3.4 4.3.2 4.3.0 4.1.2 4.1.2 3.0.5 3.0.3 3.0.1rc14 2.0 1.0.2 dhcp (4.3.5)
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.43.4 1.43.4 1.42.13 1.42.12 1.42.9 1.41.13 1.41.14 1.41.0 1.38 1.35 -- -- e2fsprogs (1.43.4)
firefox (52.0.2) 52.0.1 52.0.2 47.0.1 39.0.1 28.0.1 3.6.13 3.6.13 3.0.4 1.5.0.1 1.0 -- -- firefox (52.0.2)
freetype (2.7.1) 2.7.1 2.7.1 2.6.3 2.5.5 2.5.3 2.4.4 2.4.4 2.3.7 2.1.10 2.1.7 1.3.1 1.1 freetype (2.7.1)
gcc (6.3.0) 5.4.0 5.4.0 4.8.5 4.8.4 4.7.3 4.3.4 4.6.0 3.4.6 3.3.6 3.2.3 -- 2.8.1 gcc (6.3.0)
gimp (2.8.20) 2.8.18 2.8.18 2.8.18 2.8.14 2.8.10 2.6.11 2.6.11 2.4.7 2.2.10 2.2.1 -- 1.0.2 gimp (2.8.20)
glibc (2.25) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- glibc (2.25)
gnome-shell (3.24.0) 3.18.4 3.18.4 3.18.4 3.14.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.24.0)
gnucash (2.6.16) 2.6.15 2.6.15 2.6.13 2.6.7 2.6.2 2.2.9 2.2.9 2.2.6 -- 1.8.9 -- 1.0.17 gnucash (2.6.16)
gnumeric (1.12.34) 1.12.28 1.12.28 1.12.28 1.12.22 1.12.11 1.10.12 1.10.12 1.8.3 1.6.2 1.4.1 -- 0.3 gnumeric (1.12.34)
grub (2.00) 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 1.98 1.98 -- 0.97 0.95 -- -- grub (2.00)
gtk+ (3.22.11) 3.18.8 3.18.8 3.18.8 3.14.12 3.8.8 2.22.1 2.22.1 2.12.11 2.8.11 2.4.14 1.2.8 1.0.6 gtk+ (3.22.11)
httpd (2.4.25) 2.4.25 2.4.25 2.4.23 2.4.16 2.4.9 2.2.17 2.2.17 2.2.9 2.2.0 2.0.52 -- -- httpd (2.4.25)
inkscape (0.92.1) 0.92.0 0.92.0 0.91 0.91 0.48.4 0.48.0 0.48.0 0.46 0.43 0.38.1 -- -- inkscape (0.92.1)
k3b (2.0.3a) 2.0.3 2.0.3 2.0.3 2.0.2 2.0.2 2.0.2 2.0.2 1.0.5 -- 0.11.17 -- -- k3b (2.0.3a)
kmod (24) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (24)
libgnome (2.32.1) 2.32.0 2.32.0 2.32.0 2.32.0 2.32.0 2.32.0 2.32.0 2.22.0 2.12.0.1 2.8.0 -- -- libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (5.3.1) 5.2.5 5.2.5 5.0.6 4.3.7 4.1.5 -- -- 2.4.1 -- 1.1.3 -- -- libreoffice (5.3.1)
linux (4.10.6) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- linux (4.10.6)
Package 12-CURRENT 11-STABLE 11.0 10.3 9.3 8.2 7.4 6.4 5.5 4.11 3.5 2.2.8 Package
lxde-common (0.99.2) 0.99.2 0.99.2 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.0 0.5.0 -- -- -- -- -- lxde-common (0.99.2)
mariadb (10.1.22) 10.1.22 10.1.22 10.0.26 10.0.17 5.5.35 5.2.4 5.2.4 -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.1.22)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.12.1 1.12.1 1.12.1 1.8.1 1.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.0.2) 13.0.5 13.0.5 11.2.2 10.2.7 10.1.0 7.9.1 7.9.1 -- -- -- 3.2 3.0 mesa (17.0.2)
mysql (5.7.17) 8.0.0 8.0.0 5.7.13 5.6.24 5.6.17 5.1.55 5.5.9 5.0.67 5.0.18 4.1.7 3.22.32 3.22.10b mysql (5.7.17)
nautilus (3.24.0) 3.18.5 3.18.5 3.18.5 3.14.2 2.32.2.1 2.32.2.1 2.32.2.1 2.22.5.1 2.12.2 2.8.2 -- -- nautilus (3.24.0)
NVIDIA (378.13) 375.26 375.26 346.96 346.47 331.49 -- 270.18 -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (378.13)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.5.2 3.4.11.2 3.4.11.2 3.4.7.2 3.2 3.2 -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u121) 8u121 8u121 8u92 8u45 7u51 7b122 7b122 -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (8u121)
openssh (7.5p1) 7.4p1 7.4p1 7.2p2 6.8p1 6.6p1 5.4p1 5.2p1 3.6p1 3.6p1 3.6p1 -- -- openssh (7.5p1)
openssl (1.1.0e) 1.0.2k 1.0.2k 1.0.2 1.0.2 1.0.1 1.0.0 1.0.0d 0.9.8h 0.9.8a 0.9.7e -- -- openssl (1.1.0e)
perl (5.24.1) 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.20.3 5.20.2 5.16.3 5.12.3 5.12.3 5.8.8 5.8.8 5.8.5 -- 5.005.02 perl (5.24.1)
php (7.1.3) 7.1.3 7.1.3 7.0.10 5.6.11 5.5.10 5.3.5 5.3.5 5.2.6 5.1.2 5.0.3 -- -- php (7.1.3)
plasma-desktop (5.9.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.9.4)
postfix (3.2.0) 3.1.4 3.1.4 3.1.1 2.11.5 2.11.0 2.8.0 2.8.0 2.5.4 2.2.9 2.1.5 -- -- postfix (3.2.0)
postgresql (9.6.2) 9.6.2 9.6.2 9.5.4 9.0.22 8.4.21 9.0.3 9.0.3 8.3.3 8.1.3 7.4.6 -- -- postgresql (9.6.2)
Python (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.5.2 3.4.3 2.7.6 2.6.6 3.1.3 2.5.2 2.4.2 2.4 1.5.2 1.5.1 Python (3.6.1)
qt (5.8.0) 5.7.1 5.7.1 5.5.1 4.8.6 4.8.5 4.7.1 4.7.1 3.3.8 3.3.5 3.3.3 1.45 1.41 qt (5.8.0)
samba (4.6.1) 4.4.12 4.6.1 4.4.5 4.2.2 4.1.6 3.5.6 3.5.6 3.0.32 3.0.21b 3.0.10 -- 1.9.18.10 samba (4.6.1)
systemd (233) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (233)
thunderbird (45.8.0) 52.0 52.0 45.2.0 38.1.0 24.4.0 3.1.7 3.1.7 2.0.0.16 1.5 1.0 -- -- thunderbird (45.8.0)
vim (8.0) 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.3 7.2 6.4 6.3 5.6 5.3 vim (8.0)
vlc (2.2.4) 2.2.4_10 2.2.4_11 2.2.4 2.2.1 2.1.2 1.1.7 1.1.7 0.8.6i 0.8.4a -- -- -- vlc (2.2.4)
xfdesktop (4.12.3) 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.12.2 4.10.2 4.6.2 4.6.2 4.4.2 4.2.3.2 4.0.6 -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.3)
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.18.4 1.18.4 1.17.4 1.14.7 1.7.7 1.7.5 1.7.5 1.4.2 (6.9.0) -- -- -- xorg-server (1.19.3)

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Version: 11.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-03-28
Votes: 0


Have been using FreeNAS (storage) and pfSense (firewall), both of which use FreeBSD as the OS, as building blocks for a small business network for over 4 years. These have been rock solid servers. Also using FreeBSD 11 as the back end server for development work. ZFS is tremendous for managing snapshots and knowing that backups are clean at a point in time.

Have tried FreeBSD on the desktop with each major release, but have not been able to resolve issues on FreeBSD with proprietary software that is only supported on Windows/Mac/Linux, so I still need multiple workstations.


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Version: 11.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-03-02
Votes: 0


I appreciate the respect for UNIX roots and the deliberate pace of changes that make sense. Everything is well-thought out and consistent, making it a pleasure to learn and use.


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Version: 11-STABLE
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-02-03
Votes: 7


Looking at this as a replacement for Linux on my servers. Following information compares to Debian Jessie (We've been using Debian for 10-15 years, maybe more).

Much more difficult to setup than linux (though installation is a breeze). Feels like we've jumped back in time 10 years. Kind of crap on the Desktop UNLESS you install GhostBSD, which is really pretty and straight forward to install.

However, very, very stable. Even more than Debian pre-Jessie, which was one of the most stable server platforms I've run into in 40+ years of IT work. So far, no problems except those I've created by trying to make BSD fit into my Linux mode. Just install, and start running. Update every once in a while. I upgraded from 9 to 10 then to 11, and it was what Debian dist-upgrade wanted to be.

Best of all, it only installs what it needs, with no dependencies on things just because someone thought it would be neat. And, no System-D (which has trashed some of my servers, thus the search)

Freakin' excellent documentation, and the community seems very helpful.


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