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DragonFly BSD

Last Update: 2019-06-19 05:10 UTC


DragonFly is an operating system and environment designed to be the logical continuation of the FreeBSD-4.x OS series. These operating systems belong in the same class as Linux in that they are based on UNIX ideals and APIs. DragonFly is a fork in the path, so to speak, giving the BSD base an opportunity to grow in an entirely new direction from the one taken in the FreeBSD-5 series.

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Average visitor rating: 9.24/10 from 17 review(s).


DragonFly Summary
Distribution DragonFly BSD
Home Page http://www.dragonflybsd.org/
Mailing Lists http://www.dragonflybsd.org/mailinglists/
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums UnitedBSD
Documentation http://www.dragonflybsd.org/docs/documentation/
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Download Mirrors http://www.dragonflybsd.org/download/
Bug Tracker http://bugs.dragonflybsd.org/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2019-06-17: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 5.6.0
 • 2018-12-03: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 5.4.0
 • 2018-04-10: BSD Release: DragonFlyBSD 5.2.0
 • 2017-10-16: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 5.0.0
 • 2017-08-02: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 4.8.1
 • 2017-03-27: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 4.8.0
 • 2016-08-02: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 4.6.0
 • 2015-12-07: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 4.4.1
 • 2015-06-29: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 4.2.0
 • 2014-11-26: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 4.0.1
 • 2014-06-05: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 3.8.0
 • 2013-11-25: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 3.6.0
 • More DragonFly releases...

  Headlines:
 •2019-06-26 DragonFly kernel gets leaner
 •2019-06-06 Reducing install media size
 •2018-12-13 HAMMER2 gets root encryption
 •2018-11-26 DragonFly BSD to include newer wi-fi support in base
 •2018-11-22 Dual booting DragonFly BSD
 •2018-10-16 DragonFly gets a memory balloon
 •2018-01-18 DragonFly drops legacy remote tools
 •2017-10-28 HAMMER tools coming to Linux
 •2017-09-12 HAMMER2 in the installer
 •2017-09-06 Cross-platform ports with Ravenports
 • More DragonFly headlines...

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Feature 5.6.0 5.4.3 5.2.2 4.8.1 4.6.0 4.4.1 3.8 2.10 1.12 Feature
Release Date 2019-06-17 2019-05-20 2018-06-18 2017-08-02 2016-08-02 2015-12-07 2014-06-05 2011-04-26 2008-02-27 Release Date
End Of Life                   End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 250-1000 250-1000 250-275 205-205           Image Size (MB)
Free Download 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 Installation
Default Desktop FVWM FVWM FVWM FVWM FVWM FVWM FVWM FVWM   Default Desktop
Package Management DPorts DPorts DPorts DPorts DPorts DPorts DPorts TGZ TGZ Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice Office Suite
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i386 Processor Architecture
Init Software RC RC RC RC RC RC RC RC RC Init Software
Journaled File Systems HAMMER HAMMER HAMMER HAMMER HAMMER HAMMER HAMMER HAMMER N/A Journaled File Systems
Multilingual -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 5.6.0 5.4.3 5.2.2 4.8.1 4.6.0 4.4.1 3.8 2.10 1.12 Full Package List
Package 5.6.0 5.4.3 5.2.2 4.8.1 4.6.0 4.4.1 3.8 2.10 1.12 Package
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.1 3.0.1 3.0.1 3.0.1 3.0.1 3.0.1 2.8.6 2.8.6 2.4.6 abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.9) 1.1.2 1.1.2 1.1.2 1.1.2 1.1.1 1.1.0 1.0.27.2 1.0.22 -- alsa-lib (1.1.9)
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (18.30)
bash (5.0) 5.0 5.0 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.3.18 4.2 3.2 bash (5.0)
bind (9.15.2) 9.14.2 9.13.7 9.13.0 9.11.1-P2 9.10.4-P1 9.10.3 9.10.0-P1 9.8.0 9.3.4-P1 bind (9.15.2)
chromium (76.0.3809.100) 72.0.3626.121 72.0.3626.121 60.0.3112.116 55.0.2883.87 51.0.2704.106 46.0.2490.86 -- -- -- chromium (76.0.3809.100)
cups (2.2.12) 2.2.11 2.2.10 2.2.7 2.2.3 2.1.4 2.0.3 1.7.2 1.4.6 1.2.12 cups (2.2.12)
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.3.5 4.3.4 4.3.3 4.3.0 4.1.1-P1 4.0.0 dhcp (4.4.1)
e2fsprogs (1.45.3) 1.45.0 1.44.5 1.44.2 1.43.4 1.43.1 1.42.12 1.42.10 1.41.12 -- e2fsprogs (1.45.3)
firefox (68.0.2) 60.7.0 60.5.2 60.0.1 54.0.1 47.0.1 42.0 29.0 3.6.15 2.0.0.11 firefox (68.0.2)
freetype (2.10.1) 2.9.1 2.9.1 1.3.1 2.8 2.6.3 2.6 2.5.3 2.4.4 2.3.5 freetype (2.10.1)
gcc (9.2.0) 8.3.0 8.3.0 6 5.4.0 4.8.5 4.8.5 4.7.3 4.4.5 4.1.2 gcc (9.2.0)
gimp (2.10.12) 2.10.10 2.10.7.3.0 2.8.22 2.8.22 2.8.16 2.8.16 2.8.10 2.6.11 2.4.3 gimp (2.10.12)
glibc (2.30) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- glibc (2.30)
gnome-shell (3.32.2) -- -- 3.18.5 3.18.5 3.18.4 3.16.3 -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.32.2)
gnucash (3.6) 3.5 3.4 3.1 2.6.15 2.6.13 2.6.9 2.6.3 -- 2.2.1 gnucash (3.6)
gnumeric (1.12.45) 1.12.43 1.12.43 1.12.28 1.12.28 1.12.28 1.12.24 1.12.11 1.10.13 1.6.3 gnumeric (1.12.45)
grub (2.04) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 0.97 0.97 grub (2.04)
gtk (3.24.10) 3.24.7 3.22.30 3.22.29 3.22.15 3.18.8 3.16.6 3.8.8 2.20.1 2.12.3 gtk (3.24.10)
httpd (2.4.41) 2.4.39 2.4.38 2.4.33 2.4.27 2.4.23 2.4.17 2.4.9 2.2.17 2.2.8 httpd (2.4.41)
inkscape (0.92.4) 0.92.4 0.92.3 0.92.2 0.92.1 0.91 0.91 0.48.4 0.48.1 -- inkscape (0.92.4)
k3b (19.08.0) -- -- 2.0.3 2.0.3 2.0.3 2.0.3 2.0.2 1.0.5 -- k3b (19.08.0)
kmod (26) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (26)
krita (4.2.5) 4.1.8 -- 3.3.3 3.1.2.1 -- -- -- -- -- krita (4.2.5)
libreoffice (6.3.0) 6.2.3 6.0.7 6.0.4 5.3.4 5.0.6 5.0.3 4.1.6 -- -- libreoffice (6.3.0)
linux (5.2.9) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- linux (5.2.9)
Package 5.6.0 5.4.3 5.2.2 4.8.1 4.6.0 4.4.1 3.8 2.10 1.12 Package
lxpanel (0.10.0) 0.9.3 0.9.3 0.9.3 0.99.2 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5 -- -- lxpanel (0.10.0)
mariadb (10.4.7) 10.1.40 10.1.38 10.1.28 10.1.24 10.0.26 10.0.22 5.5.35 -- -- mariadb (10.4.7)
mate-desktop (1.22.1) 1.22.1 1.20.3 1.20.0 1.12.0 1.12.1 1.10.2 1.6.1 -- -- mate-desktop (1.22.1)
mesa (19.1.4) 18.3.2 18.3.2 8.4.0 17.1.4 11.2.2 10.6.9 9.1.7 7.4.4 6.4.2 mesa (19.1.4)
mysql (8.0.17) 8.0.16 8.0.14 5.7.19 5.7.18 5.7.13 5.6.27 5.6.17 5.1.56 5.0.51 mysql (8.0.17)
nautilus (3.32.3) 3.28.1 3.28.1 3.18.5 3.18.5 3.18.5 3.16.2 2.32.2.1 2.32.2.1 -- nautilus (3.32.3)
NVIDIA (430.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (430.40)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.5.2 3.4.11.2 3.4.4 openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (12.0.1) 8u181 8u181 8u172 8u131 8u92 8u60 7u55 -- -- openjdk (12.0.1)
openssh (8.0p1) 7.9p1 7.9p1 7.7p1 7.5p1 7.2p2 7.1p1 6.1p1 5.8p1 4.7p1 openssh (8.0p1)
openssl (1.1.1c) 1.1.1b 1.0.2q 1.0.2o 1.0.2l 1.0.2h 1.0.2e 1.0.1g 1.0.0d 0.9.7g openssl (1.1.1c)
perl (5.30.0) 5.28.2 5.28.1 5.26.2 5.24.1 5.24.0 5.20.3 5.20.0 5.12.2 5.8.8 perl (5.30.0)
php (7.3.8) 7.3.5 7.3.2 7.2.6 7.1.6 7.0.8 5.6.14 5.5.12 5.3.6 5.2.5 php (7.3.8)
plasma-desktop (5.16.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.16.4)
postfix (3.4.6) 3.4.5 3.3.2 3.3.0 3.2.2 2.11.7 2.11.7 2.11.1 2.8.2 2.5devel postfix (3.4.6)
postgresql (11.5) 11.3 11.2 10.4 9.6.3 9.5.3 9.4.5 9.3.4 9.0.3 8.2.6 postgresql (11.5)
Python (3.7.4) 3.7.3 3.7.2 3.6.5 3.6.1 3.5.2 3.5.0 3.4.0 2.7.1 2.3.5 Python (3.7.4)
qt (5.13.0) 5.12.2 5.12.1 5.10.1 5.7.1 5.5.1 4.8.7 4.8.6 4.7.2 3.3.8 qt (5.13.0)
samba (4.10.6) -- 4.8.9 4.6.15 4.4.14 4.4.5 4.1.18 4.1.7 3.5.8 3.0.26a samba (4.10.6)
systemd (242) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (242)
thunderbird (60.8.0) 60.6.1 60.5.2 52.8.0 52.2.1 45.2.0 38.4.0 24.5.0 3.1.8 -- thunderbird (60.8.0)
vim (8.1) 8.1 8.1 8.1 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.2 7.1 vim (8.1)
vlc (3.0.7.1) 3.0.6 3.0.6 2.2.8 2.2.6 2.2.4 2.2.1 2.1.4 1.0.6 -- vlc (3.0.7.1)
xfdesktop (4.14.1) 4.12.4 4.12.4 4.12 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.10.2 4.6.1 4.4.2 xfdesktop (4.14.1)
xorg-server (1.20.5) 1.18.4 1.18.4 1.18.4 1.18.4 1.17.4 1.17.4 1.12.4 1.6.5 1.3.0.0 xorg-server (1.20.5)

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Version: 5.6.0
Rating: 5
Date: 2019-07-04
Votes: 1


Great Filesystem but setup is "pain in the a**"
It's impossible to setup Xfce for a BSD newbee.
No Live CD with Gui. No Graphical installer.


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Version: 5.6.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-06-24
Votes: 2


I've been using this fine BSD variant for years now.

I am fascinated that OS upgrades are so painless (you have to build from source though), and although it does happen that bugs crawl in some packages after major upgrades, they get fixed for the next minor release.

Overall, this really *is* a production-ready OS for any serious, real-world server application and IMHO, anyone seeking that kind of application should at least give the OS a try. For desktop work, you have to settle for the famously baroque X-Org. This is *not* the place to try MATE, GNOME & co! (though there are nevertheless packages for them if you are feeling adventurous)

Only real downside is that it only runs on AMD64 hardware. Others have hailed this focus, but I find it a serious competitive disadvantage in a corporate environment. I wish they would port this system to other architectures - and I am not talking about legacy/obscure ones like macppc or VAX, but of serious, modern ones like SPARC, MIPS and RISC-V.


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Version: 5.4.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-01-15
Votes: 18


Despite finding it difficult to use at first coming from Linux, I have come to love the special features that the OS offers and which make life easier, most notably its fsck-free filesystem, its lightweight mail agent and its easy-to-use NTP daemon. I have successfully and seamlessly run samba and ssh servers and done real desktop work in a 10-year-old laptop without a glitch. I can only recommend it, specially if you are willing to leave your Linux comfort zone where everything is already there and configured.


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