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FreeBSD

Last Update: 2019-08-24 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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Average visitor rating: 9.09/10 from 80 review(s).


FreeBSD Summary
Distribution FreeBSD
Home Page http://www.freebsd.org/
Mailing Lists http://www.freebsd.org/community/mailinglists.html
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  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2019-07-09: BSD Release: FreeBSD 11.3
 • 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
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 •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
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Feature 13-CURRENT 12-STABLE 12.0 11.3 10.4 9.3 8.2 7.4 6.4 5.5 4.11 3.5 2.2.8 Feature
Release Date 2019-08-24 2019-08-24 2018-12-11 2018-07-08 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 11.3 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 11.3 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 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 1.1.2 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) 5.0 5.0 4.4 5.0 4.4 4.3 4.1 4.1 3.2 3.1 3.0 2.04 2.02.1 bash (5.0)
bind (9.15.3) 9.14.4 9.14.4 9.13.3 9.14.1 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 (9.15.3)
chromium (76.0.3809.100) 76.0.3809.100 76.0.3809.100 68.0.3440.106 73.0.3683.103 60.0.3112.101 35.0.1916.153 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (76.0.3809.100)
cups (2.3.0) 2.2.12 2.2.12 2.2.8 2.2.10 2.2.3 1.7.1 1.4.5 1.4.6 1.3.9 1.1.23 1.1.22 -- -- cups (2.3.0)
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.4.1 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 (1.45.3) 1.45.3 1.45.3 1.44.4 1.45.2 1.43.4 1.42.9 1.41.13 1.41.14 1.41.0 1.38 1.35 -- -- e2fsprogs (1.45.3)
firefox (68.0.2) 68.0.2 68.0.2 63.0.3 67.0.2 55.0.3 28.0.1 3.6.13 3.6.13 3.0.4 1.5.0.1 1.0 -- -- firefox (68.0.2)
freetype (2.10.1) 2.10.1 2.10.1 2.9.1 2.9.1 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 (2.10.1)
gcc (9.2.0) 9 9.1.0 8.2.0 8.3.0 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 (9.2.0)
gimp (2.10.12) 2.10.12 2.10.12 2.8.22 2.10.8 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 (2.30) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- glibc (2.30)
gnome-shell (3.32.2) 3.28.3 3.28.3 3.28.2 3.28.3 3.18.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.32.2)
gnucash (3.6) 3.6 3.6 3.2 3.4 2.6.17 2.6.2 2.2.9 2.2.9 2.2.6 -- 1.8.9 -- 1.0.17 gnucash (3.6)
gnumeric (1.12.45) 1.12.43 1.12.43 1.12.43 1.12.43 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 (2.04) 2.00 -- 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 1.98 1.98 -- 0.97 0.95 -- -- grub (2.04)
gtk (3.24.10) 3.24.10 3.24.10 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 (3.24.10)
httpd (2.4.41) 2.4.41 2.4.41 2.4.35 2.4.39 2.4.27 2.4.9 2.2.17 2.2.17 2.2.9 2.2.0 2.0.52 -- -- httpd (2.4.41)
inkscape (0.92.4) 0.92.4 0.92.4 0.92.3 0.92.3 0.92.1 0.48.4 0.48.0 0.48.0 0.46 0.43 0.38.1 -- -- inkscape (0.92.4)
k3b (19.08.0) 19.08.0 19.08.0 18.08.1 18.12.3 2.0.3 2.0.2 2.0.2 2.0.2 1.0.5 -- 0.11.17 -- -- k3b (19.08.0)
kmod (26) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (26)
krita (4.2.5) 4.2.3 4.2.3 4.1.3 4.1.8 3.1.2.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (4.2.5)
libreoffice (6.3.0) 6.2.5 6.2.5 6.0.5 6.2.2 5.3.4 4.1.5 -- -- 2.4.1 -- 1.1.3 -- -- libreoffice (6.3.0)
linux (5.2.9) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- linux (5.2.9)
Package 13-CURRENT 12-STABLE 12.0 11.3 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 0.9.3 0.9.3 0.6.1 0.5.6 0.5.6 0.3.7 -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.10.0)
mariadb (10.4.7) 10.4.6 10.4.6 10.3.10 10.3.13 10.2.6 5.5.35 5.2.4 5.2.4 -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.4.7)
mate-desktop (1.22.1) 1.22.1 1.22.1 1.20.0 1.20.3 1.12.1 1.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.22.1)
mesa (19.1.5) 18.3.2 18.3.2 18.1.9 18.3.2 17.1.4 10.1.0 7.9.1 7.9.1 -- -- -- 3.2 3.0 mesa (19.1.5)
mysql (8.0.17) 8.0.16 8.0.16 8.0.12 8.0.16 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 (8.0.17)
nautilus (3.32.3) 3.28.1 3.28.1 3.28.1 3.28.1 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 (3.32.3)
NVIDIA (430.40) 390.87 390.87 390.87 390.87 375.66 331.49 -- 270.18 -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (430.40)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6 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 (12.0.1) 8u222 8u222 8u181 12.0.0 8u131 7u51 7b122 7b122 -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (12.0.1)
openssh (8.0p1) 8.0p1 8.0p1 7.9p1 7.9p1 7.5p1 6.6p1 5.4p1 5.2p1 3.6p1 3.6p1 3.6p1 -- -- openssh (8.0p1)
openssl (1.1.1c) 1.0.2s 1.0.2s 1.1.1 1.1.1b 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) 5.30.0 5.30.0 5.28.0 5.28.1 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 (7.3.8) 7.3.8 7.3.8 7.2.10 7.3.6 7.1.8 5.5.10 5.3.5 5.3.5 5.2.6 5.1.2 5.0.3 -- -- php (7.3.8)
plasma-desktop (5.16.4) 5.16.4 5.16.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.16.4)
postfix (3.4.6) 3.4.6 3.4.6 3.3.1 3.3.4 3.2.2 2.11.0 2.8.0 2.8.0 2.5.4 2.2.9 2.1.5 -- -- postfix (3.4.6)
postgresql (11.5) 9.6.15 9.6.15 10.5 11.3 9.6.4 8.4.21 9.0.3 9.0.3 8.3.3 8.1.3 7.4.6 -- -- postgresql (11.5)
Python (3.7.4) 3.7.4 3.7.4 3.7.0 3.7.3 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 (3.7.4)
qt (5.13.0) 5.12.2 5.12.2 5.11.2 5.12.1 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 (5.13.0)
samba (4.10.7) 4.8.12 4.8.12 4.8.5 4.8.9 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 (4.10.7)
systemd (242) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (242)
thunderbird (60.8.0) 68.0 68.0 60.3.1 60.7.1 52.3.0 24.4.0 3.1.7 3.1.7 2.0.0.16 1.5 1.0 -- -- thunderbird (60.8.0)
vim (8.1) 8.1 8.1 8.1 8.1 8.0 7.4 7.3 7.3 7.2 6.4 6.3 5.6 5.3 vim (8.1)
vlc (3.0.8) 3.0.7.1 3.0.7.1 2.2.8 3.0.6 2.2.6 2.1.2 1.1.7 1.1.7 0.8.6i 0.8.4a -- -- -- vlc (3.0.8)
xfdesktop (4.14.1) 4.12.5 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 (4.14.1)
xorg-server (1.20.5) 1.18.4_11 1.18.4_11 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: 10
Date: 2019-08-20
Votes: 3


From Windows to macOS, to Debian to Slackware, natural evolution has brought me to FreeBSD. I see it as a way to flee from the mess that is taking over Linux land and as following along the roots of Unix, my long time interest.
Window Maker feels like home on a journey to find a pleasant environment for my desktop needs, and I must say I am impressed by FreeBSD's stability and security model, it's approach to developing an entire OS without being an amalgamation of unrelated projects.
Particularly impressed at the high availability of thousands of ports to install all the software you need on top of a reliable, mature OS.
FreeBSD can cover a variety of purposes, from server to desktop, from workstation to firewalls, all ready to be created by your fingers.
Embrace the Unix shell and you will find all it's inherent power, but don't expect any modern niceties. Steer clear if you expect it to be modern like Linux in the desktop department.
One could say it has ways to go from a desktop point of view while it is a superb server, but I deeply appreciate it's respect for tradition and old values, with it's eyes set in the future in many advancements like ZFS (though I like the idea of a simpler UFS).
Don't be afraid. Read the high quality Handbook and you shall find your answers.
Happy Portuguese fellow I am.
10/10


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Version: 12-STABLE
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-08-03
Votes: 2


Purposefully built and impeccably designed, FreeBSD takes the original Berkeley UNIX architecture to new heights with OS-level virtualization, ZFS-on-root, tidy filesystem, amazing userland, and impeccable TCP/IP support (as is expected of a 4.3BSD descendant).


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Version: 12-STABLE
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-07-28
Votes: 5


Best DIY unix-like out there. I mean come on, it's grand daddy is At&t bells labs, so it must be something special. In the right hands this OS is extremely powerful. Think PS3, PS4, Netflix, Nintendo Switch, iOS, MacOS, the list goes on. The system is designed to be setup by the user. No frills, read the manual, and figure out how you want your system setup. One of the most secure OS's around. Just don't forget to setup a firewall!




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