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FreeBSD

Last Update: 2018-12-13 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
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  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 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
 • 2018-06-27: BSD Release: FreeBSD 11.2
 • 2017-10-03: BSD Release: FreeBSD 10.4
 • 2017-09-24: Development Release: FreeBSD 10.4-RC2
 • 2017-09-17: Development Release: FreeBSD 10.4-RC1
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 •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
 •2017-10-17 WPA2 security issue and workaround
 •2017-09-27 Quarterly Status Report
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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 2018-12-13 2018-12-13 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 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 (1.1.7) 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 (1.1.7)
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (18.30)
bash (4.4.18) 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.1 4.1 3.2 3.1 3.0 2.04 2.02.1 bash (4.4.18)
bind (9.13.5) 9.13.4 9.13.4 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 (9.13.5)
chromium (71.0.3578.98) -- 68.0.3440.106 68.0.3440.106 65.0.3325.181 60.0.3112.101 35.0.1916.153 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (71.0.3578.98)
cups (2.2.10) 2.2.8 2.2.8 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 (2.2.10)
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 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 (1.44.4) 1.44.4 1.44.4 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 (1.44.4)
firefox (64.0) 64.0 64.0 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 (64.0)
freetype (2.9.1) 2.9.1 2.9.1 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 (2.9.1)
gcc (8.2.0) 7 7 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 (8.2.0)
gimp (2.10.8) 2.10.8 2.10.8 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 (2.10.8)
glibc (2.28) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- glibc (2.28)
gnome-shell (3.30.2) 3.28.3 3.28.3 3.28.2 3.18.5 3.18.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.30.2)
gnucash (3.3) 3.3 -- 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 (3.3)
gnumeric (1.12.44) 1.12.43 1.12.43 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 (1.12.44)
grub (2.02) 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 1.98 1.98 -- 0.97 0.95 -- -- grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.24.2) 3.22.30 3.22.30 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+ (3.24.2)
httpd (2.4.37) 2.4.37 2.4.37 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 (2.4.37)
inkscape (0.92.3) 0.92.3 0.92.3 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 (0.92.3)
k3b (18.08.3) 18.08.3 18.08.3 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 (18.08.3)
kmod (25) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (25)
krita (4.1.7) 4.1.5 4.1.5 4.1.3 3.3.3 3.1.2.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (4.1.7)
libreoffice (6.1.3) 6.0.7 6.0.7 6.0.5 6.0.2 5.3.4 4.1.5 -- -- 2.4.1 -- 1.1.3 -- -- libreoffice (6.1.3)
linux (4.19.9) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- linux (4.19.9)
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 (0.9.3) 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 (0.9.3)
mariadb (10.3.11) 10.3.11 10.3.11 10.3.10 10.2.15 10.2.6 5.5.35 5.2.4 5.2.4 -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.3.11)
mate-desktop (1.20.3) 1.20.3 1.20.3 1.20.0 1.18.0 1.12.1 1.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.20.3)
mesa (18.3.1) 18.1.9 18.1.9 18.1.9 17.3.9 17.1.4 10.1.0 7.9.1 7.9.1 -- -- -- 3.2 3.0 mesa (18.3.1)
mysql (8.0.13) 8.0.12 8.0.12 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 (8.0.13)
nautilus (3.30.5) 3.28.1 3.28.1 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 (3.30.5)
NVIDIA (415.18) 390.87 390.87 390.87 390.48 375.66 331.49 -- 270.18 -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (415.18)
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 (10.0.2) 8u192 8u192 8u181 8u162 8u131 7u51 7b122 7b122 -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (10.0.2)
openssh (7.9p1) 7.9p1 7.9p1 7.9p1 7.6p1 7.5p1 6.6p1 5.4p1 5.2p1 3.6p1 3.6p1 3.6p1 -- -- openssh (7.9p1)
openssl (1.1.1a) 1.0.2q 1.0.2q 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 (1.1.1a)
perl (5.28.0) 5.26.3 5.26.3 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 (5.28.0)
php (7.3.0) 7.3.0 7.3.0 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 (7.3.0)
plasma-desktop (5.14.4) 5.12.7 5.12.7 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.14.4)
postfix (3.3.2) 3.3.2 3.3.2 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 (3.3.2)
postgresql (11.1) 9.6.11 9.6.11 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 (11.1)
Python (3.7.1) 3.7.1 3.7.1 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 (3.7.1)
qt (5.12.0) 5.11.2 5.11.2 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 (5.12.0)
samba (4.9.3) 4.8.7 4.8.7 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 (4.9.3)
systemd (239) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (239)
thunderbird (60.3.3) 60.4.0 60.4.0 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 (60.3.3)
vim (8.1) 8.1 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 (3.0.4) 2.2.8_14 2.2.8_14 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 (3.0.4)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.4 4.12.4 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 (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.20.3) 1.18.4_10 1.18.4_10 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 (1.20.3)

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Version: 12.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-12-13
Votes: 0


Solid. Tidy. Reliable. This version includes a lot of new features and important improvements, specially the much better graphics support (not included by default, but available after installing graphics/drm-kmod).
Totally recommendable


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Version: 11.2
Rating: 7
Date: 2018-12-01
Votes: 5


On and off I try FreeBSD - I have it installed, and sometimes use it. I thought that apart from the filesystem issue with linux filesystems I had sorted out the problems; I was wrong I have come across another, namely memory/ram running out of room and then everything going into a swap partition.

I am using an aging amd64 with two gigabytes of ram, while using a lightweight window manager - fluxbox. Most of the time I run linux on this with no real problems with memory that I have encountered.

Pro's: is smooth and works well -when it works well.

CONS: When it doesnt work it really doesnt work. Not just because of what I mentioned above; there is also a lag in hardware support. Case in point I got hold of a dell laptop; it has an i7 processor, with the problem being that it has two graphic cards - intel hd 5500 and a radeon amd/ati; FreeBSD does not know what to do about that - so there is no X that works. Also the wifi does not work on this machine in FreeBSD - Linux is fine with everything - well relatively fine!!.

Another con is that it takes a lot of fiddling around and looking for a solution.

It looks increasingly to myself that I will have to stop wasting my time trying to FreeBSD to work completely.


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Version: 11.2
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-10-27
Votes: 19


I gave it a 9, because on systems it is best tailored for — namely servers and virtual machines — it does at least as well as the enterprise Linux distros, with its low latency being its chief advantage over Linux on the former. On desktops and laptops it has served as a major annoyance for me.

Package management is a point of significant frustration. There are two approaches: binary package management (pkg) and the FreeBSD Ports Collection (FPC). Sadly mixing the two is dangerous, and while you may want to use binaries all the way, if you're a beginner, this isn't always possible. An good example is the NVIDIA package in the pkg collection, which was built against the 11.1 kernel, so on 11.2 you have to build it using the FPC if you want it to work. As NVIDIA depends on several packages that conflict with pkg packages one will likely come to a point where one has to uninstall many of them and build them manually with Ports. There's a tool called Poudriere that eases this but either way you have to compile a heap of packages, which takes a lot of time and heats up your PC.

Software compatibility is a major weakness. Sure it has Linux binary compatibility, but in order to run a Linux binary on it you need to satisfy the binary's library and other binary dependencies, which is not always possible, or at least easy. Netflix and VSCode are among the apps that do not work on FreeBSD, at least not without virtualization/dangerous hacks.

Its hardware support is lousy; WiFi chips, sound cards and graphics cards tend to cause the most headaches.

It is also difficult to share files between FreeBSD and Linux. There's the ext2fs kernel module but it does a lousy job with the latest ext iteration, ext4. I couldn't mount my Linux partitions at all on it. Accessing FreeBSD files from Linux is also nigh impossible, unless you used a ZFS, but the guided set up in the installer for FreeBSD won't let you use a ZFS unless you use up the whole disk.


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