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FreeBSD

Last Update: 2019-06-15 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/
Mailing Lists http://www.freebsd.org/community/mailinglists.html
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2019-06-15: Development Release: FreeBSD 11.3-RC1
 • 2019-06-08: Development Release: FreeBSD 11.3-BETA3
 • 2019-06-01: Development Release: FreeBSD 11.3-BETA2
 • 2019-05-25: Development Release: FreeBSD 11.3-BETA1
 • 2018-12-11: BSD Release: FreeBSD 12.0
 • 2018-12-01: Development Release: FreeBSD 12.0-RC3
 • 2018-11-25: Development Release: FreeBSD 12.0-RC2
 • 2018-11-17: Development Release: FreeBSD 12.0-RC1
 • 2018-11-10: Development Release: FreeBSD 12.0-BETA4
 • 2018-11-04: Development Release: FreeBSD 12.0-BETA3
 • 2018-10-27: Development Release: FreeBSD 12.0-BETA2
 • 2018-10-21: Development Release: FreeBSD 12.0-BETA1
 • More FreeBSD releases...

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 •2019-06-04 FreeBSD's Quarterly Status Report
 •2019-04-29 Testing upgrading the base OS using pkg
 •2019-03-21 Browsing sysctl options on FreeBSD
 •2019-02-06 FreeBSD Foundation plans for 2019
 •2018-12-19 FreeBSD to rebase ZFS on Linux port
 •2018-11-08 FreeBSD 10.4 reaches EOL
 •2018-09-05 FreeBSD 11.1 reaching its end of life
 •2018-06-19 FreeBSD turns 25
 •2018-04-01 FreeBSD 10.3 reaching EoL
 •2017-12-22 Enabling Wayland on FreeBSD
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Feature 13-CURRENT 12-STABLE 12.0 11.2 10.4 9.3 8.2 7.4 6.4 5.5 4.11 3.5 2.2.8 Feature
Release Date 2019-06-15 2019-06-15 2018-12-11 2018-06-27 2017-10-03 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     2020-06 2021-09 2018-10 2016-12 2015-08             End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB)     200-3200 200-3200 200-2900 100-1700               Image Size (MB)
Free Download Ports Ports ISO 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 Text mode Installation
Default Desktop                           Default Desktop
Package Management TXZ TXZ TXZ TXZ TXZ TXZ TXZ TBZ TBZ TBZ TGZ TGZ TGZ Package Management
Release Model Rolling Semi Fixed Fixed 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 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 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
Init Software RC RC RC RC RC RC RC RC RC RC RC RC RC Init Software
Journaled File Systems UFS2 SU+J UFS2 + gjournal 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 Yes Multilingual
Asian Language Support Yes 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 13-current 12-stable 12.0 11.2 10.4 9.3 8.2 7.4 6.4 5.5 4.11 3.5 2.2.8 Full Package List
Package 13-CURRENT 12-STABLE 12.0 11.2 10.4 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 2.8.6 2.8.4 2.8.4 2.6.3 2.4.2 2.2.1 -- -- abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.9) -- -- 1.1.2 1.1.2 1.1.2 1.0.27.2 1.0.23 1.0.23 1.0.10 -- -- -- -- alsa-lib (1.1.9)
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (18.30)
bash (5.0) -- -- 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.1 4.1 3.2 3.1 3.0 2.04 2.02.1 bash (5.0)
bind (9.15.0) -- -- 9.13.3 9.12.1-P1 9.11.2 9.9.5 9.7.2-P3 9.7.2 9.5.0 9.3.2 9.3.0 -- 8.1.2 bind (9.15.0)
chromium (75.0.3770.90) -- -- 68.0.3440.106 65.0.3325.181 60.0.3112.101 35.0.1916.153 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (75.0.3770.90)
cups (2.2.11) -- -- 2.2.8 2.2.6 2.2.3 1.7.1 1.4.5 1.4.6 1.3.9 1.1.23 1.1.22 -- -- cups (2.2.11)
dhcp (4.4.1) -- -- 4.4.1 4.3.6-P1 4.3.5 4.3.0 4.1.2 4.1.2 3.0.5 3.0.3 3.0.1rc14 2.0 1.0.2 dhcp (4.4.1)
e2fsprogs (1.45.2) -- -- 1.44.4 1.44.2 1.43.4 1.42.9 1.41.13 1.41.14 1.41.0 1.38 1.35 -- -- e2fsprogs (1.45.2)
firefox (67.0.2) -- -- 63.0.3 60.0.1 55.0.3 28.0.1 3.6.13 3.6.13 3.0.4 1.5.0.1 1.0 -- -- firefox (67.0.2)
freetype (2.10.0) -- -- 2.9.1 2.8 2.8 2.5.3 2.4.4 2.4.4 2.3.7 2.1.10 2.1.7 1.3.1 1.1 freetype (2.10.0)
gcc (9.1.0) -- -- 8.2.0 6.4.0 6.4.0 4.7.3 4.3.4 4.6.0 3.4.6 3.3.6 3.2.3 -- 2.8.1 gcc (9.1.0)
gimp (2.10.12) -- -- 2.8.22 2.8.22 2.8.22 2.8.10 2.6.11 2.6.11 2.4.7 2.2.10 2.2.1 -- 1.0.2 gimp (2.10.12)
glibc (2.29) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- glibc (2.29)
gnome-shell (3.32.2) -- -- 3.28.2 3.18.5 3.18.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.32.2)
gnucash (3.5) -- -- 3.2 2.6.19 2.6.17 2.6.2 2.2.9 2.2.9 2.2.6 -- 1.8.9 -- 1.0.17 gnucash (3.5)
gnumeric (1.12.45) -- -- 1.12.43 1.12.28 1.12.28 1.12.11 1.10.12 1.10.12 1.8.3 1.6.2 1.4.1 -- 0.3 gnumeric (1.12.45)
grub (2.02) -- -- 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 1.98 1.98 -- 0.97 0.95 -- -- grub (2.02)
gtk (3.24.8) -- -- 3.22.30 3.22.29 3.22.15 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 (3.24.8)
httpd (2.4.39) -- -- 2.4.35 2.4.33 2.4.27 2.4.9 2.2.17 2.2.17 2.2.9 2.2.0 2.0.52 -- -- httpd (2.4.39)
inkscape (0.92.4) -- -- 0.92.3 0.92.2 0.92.1 0.48.4 0.48.0 0.48.0 0.46 0.43 0.38.1 -- -- inkscape (0.92.4)
k3b (19.04.2) -- -- 18.08.1 2.0.3 2.0.3 2.0.2 2.0.2 2.0.2 1.0.5 -- 0.11.17 -- -- k3b (19.04.2)
kmod (26) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (26)
krita (4.2.1) -- -- 4.1.3 3.3.3 3.1.2.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (4.2.1)
libreoffice (6.2.4) -- -- 6.0.5 6.0.2 5.3.4 4.1.5 -- -- 2.4.1 -- 1.1.3 -- -- libreoffice (6.2.4)
linux (5.1.10) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- linux (5.1.10)
Package 13-CURRENT 12-STABLE 12.0 11.2 10.4 9.3 8.2 7.4 6.4 5.5 4.11 3.5 2.2.8 Package
lxpanel (0.10.0) -- -- 0.9.3 0.9.3 0.9.3 0.6.1 0.5.6 0.5.6 0.3.7 -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.10.0)
mariadb (10.3.15) -- -- 10.3.10 10.2.15 10.2.6 5.5.35 5.2.4 5.2.4 -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.3.15)
mate-desktop (1.22.0) -- -- 1.20.0 1.18.0 1.12.1 1.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.22.0)
mesa (19.1.0) -- -- 18.1.9 17.3.9 17.1.4 10.1.0 7.9.1 7.9.1 -- -- -- 3.2 3.0 mesa (19.1.0)
mysql (8.0.16) -- -- 8.0.12 8.0.2 5.7.19 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 (8.0.16)
nautilus (3.32.1) -- -- 3.28.1 3.18.5 3.18.5 2.32.2.1 2.32.2.1 2.32.2.1 2.22.5.1 2.12.2 2.8.2 -- -- nautilus (3.32.1)
NVIDIA (430.26) -- -- 390.87 390.48 375.66 331.49 -- 270.18 -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (430.26)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- 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 (12.0.1) -- -- 8u181 8u162 8u131 7u51 7b122 7b122 -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (12.0.1)
openssh (8.0p1) -- -- 7.9p1 7.6p1 7.5p1 6.6p1 5.4p1 5.2p1 3.6p1 3.6p1 3.6p1 -- -- openssh (8.0p1)
openssl (1.1.1c) -- -- 1.1.1 1.1.0h 1.0.2l 1.0.1 1.0.0 1.0.0d 0.9.8h 0.9.8a 0.9.7e -- -- openssl (1.1.1c)
perl (5.30.0) -- -- 5.28.0 5.26.2 5.24.1 5.16.3 5.12.3 5.12.3 5.8.8 5.8.8 5.8.5 -- 5.005.02 perl (5.30.0)
php (7.3.6) -- -- 7.2.10 7.2.6 7.1.8 5.5.10 5.3.5 5.3.5 5.2.6 5.1.2 5.0.3 -- -- php (7.3.6)
plasma-desktop (5.16.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.16.0)
postfix (3.4.5) -- -- 3.3.1 3.3.0 3.2.2 2.11.0 2.8.0 2.8.0 2.5.4 2.2.9 2.1.5 -- -- postfix (3.4.5)
postgresql (11.3) -- -- 10.5 10.3 9.6.4 8.4.21 9.0.3 9.0.3 8.3.3 8.1.3 7.4.6 -- -- postgresql (11.3)
Python (3.7.3) -- -- 3.7.0 3.6.5 3.6.1 2.7.6 2.6.6 3.1.3 2.5.2 2.4.2 2.4 1.5.2 1.5.1 Python (3.7.3)
qt (5.12.3) -- -- 5.11.2 5.9.4 5.7.1 4.8.5 4.7.1 4.7.1 3.3.8 3.3.5 3.3.3 1.45 1.41 qt (5.12.3)
samba (4.10.4) -- -- 4.8.5 4.8.0 4.6.6 4.1.6 3.5.6 3.5.6 3.0.32 3.0.21b 3.0.10 -- 1.9.18.10 samba (4.10.4)
systemd (242) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (242)
thunderbird (60.7.1) -- -- 60.3.1 52.8.0 52.3.0 24.4.0 3.1.7 3.1.7 2.0.0.16 1.5 1.0 -- -- thunderbird (60.7.1)
vim (8.1) -- -- 8.1 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.3 7.3 7.2 6.4 6.3 5.6 5.3 vim (8.1)
vlc (3.0.7.1) -- -- 2.2.8 2.2.8 2.2.6 2.1.2 1.1.7 1.1.7 0.8.6i 0.8.4a -- -- -- vlc (3.0.7.1)
xfdesktop (4.12.5) -- -- 4.12.4 4.12.4 4.12.3 4.10.2 4.6.2 4.6.2 4.4.2 4.2.3.2 4.0.6 -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.5)
xorg-server (1.20.5) -- -- 1.18.4 1.18.4 1.18.4 1.7.7 1.7.5 1.7.5 1.4.2 (6.9.0) -- -- -- xorg-server (1.20.5)

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Version: 12.0
Rating: 1
Date: 2019-06-11
Votes: 0


Tried FreeBSD-12.0-RELEASE-amd64-disc1.iso... also a fail. I had tried GhostBSD earlier and it failed. At least this one installed (Ghost did not), but on reboot I got a full screen terminal that sent my to some manual page and that was it. Nothing else. No place to type in another command and any other key I hit let out this loud ‘blip’ on the speakers. Not out-of-box.


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Version: 11.2
Rating: 7
Date: 2019-05-18
Votes: 8


FreeBSD is a very good system for servers. That's for sure.
But for normal computer users (not highly-skilled ones),
it is absolutely not fit for desktop usage nor Developer Workstation.
I have been using Linux for 23 years and would say that
the learning curve is about the same as using Slackware in 1996.
By the way, package management is much better on FreeBSD than on Slackware.
So, FreeBSD is a good system for servers and highly-skilled users.







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Version: 12-STABLE
Rating: 8
Date: 2019-04-26
Votes: 5


FreeBSD is a very good system, it is stable, it is free from systemd, it is fast and it can handle many TCP/IP connections talking by the server side, but it has to add more support for graphic cards.


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