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FreeBSD

Last Update: 2022-08-13 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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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2022-05-16: BSD Release: FreeBSD 13.1
 • 2022-04-15: Development Release: FreeBSD 13.1-RC3
 • 2022-04-08: Development Release: FreeBSD 13.1-RC2
 • 2022-04-01: Development Release: FreeBSD 13.1-RC1
 • 2022-03-18: Development Release: FreeBSD 13.1-BETA2
 • 2021-12-08: BSD Release: FreeBSD 12.3
 • 2021-04-13: BSD Release: FreeBSD 13.0
 • 2021-03-30: Development Release: FreeBSD 13.0-RC4
 • 2021-03-20: Development Release: FreeBSD 13.0-RC3
 • 2021-03-13: Development Release: FreeBSD 13.0-RC2
 • 2021-03-06: Development Release: FreeBSD 13.0-RC1
 • 2021-02-27: Development Release: FreeBSD 13.0-BETA4
 • More FreeBSD releases...

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 • 2022-08-09 FreeBSD publishes status report
 • 2022-06-13 FreeBSD publishes status report
 • 2022-03-30 Sandboxing software running on FreeBSD
 • 2022-03-15 Rebooting into a new snapshot without shutting down
 • 2022-03-11 FreeBSD publishes status report
 • 2022-03-03 FreeBSD 12.2 nears its end of life
 • 2022-02-16 Qubes-like isolation using FreeBSD tools
 • 2021-11-15 FreeBSD improves boot times
 • 2021-09-23 FreeBSD to change root's shell
 • 2021-09-14 cgroup filesystem for BSDs
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Feature 14-CURRENT 13-STABLE 13.1 12.3 11.3 10.4 9.3 8.2 7.4 6.4 5.5 4.11 3.5 2.2.8 Feature
Release Date 2022-08-13 2022-08-13 2022-05-16 2021-12-07 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     2026-01 2024-06 2021-09 2018-10 2016-12 2015-08             End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB)     200-3200 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 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 Text mode Installation
Default Desktop                             Default Desktop
Package Management TXZ 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 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, 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 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 RC Init Software
Journaled File Systems UFS2 SU+J UFS2 + gjournal 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 Yes Multilingual
Asian Language Support Yes 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     13.1 12.3 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 14-CURRENT 13-STABLE 13.1 12.3 11.3 10.4 9.3 8.2 7.4 6.4 5.5 4.11 3.5 2.2.8 Package
abiword (3.0.5) 3.0.5 3.0.5 3.0.5 3.0.5 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 (3.0.5)
alsa-lib (1.2.7.2) 1.2.2 1.2.2 1.2.2 1.2.2 1.1.2 1.1.2 1.0.27.2 1.0.23 1.0.23 1.0.10 -- -- -- -- alsa-lib (1.2.7.2)
amdgpu (22.20.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- amdgpu (22.20.1)
bash (5.1.16) 5.1 5.1 5.1 5.1 5.0 4.4 4.3 4.1 4.1 3.2 3.1 3.0 2.04 2.02.1 bash (5.1.16)
bind (9.18.5) 9.18.5 9.18.5 0.4.0 0.4.0 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 (9.18.5)
chromium (104.0.5112.79) 104.0.5112.79 104.0.5112.79 100.0.4896.60 94.0.4606.81 73.0.3683.103 60.0.3112.101 35.0.1916.153 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (104.0.5112.79)
cups (2.4.2) 2.4.2 2.4.2 2.3.3 2.3.3 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 (2.4.2)
dhcp (4.4.3) 4.4.2P1 4.4.2P1 1.3.1 1.3.1 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 (4.4.3)
e2fsprogs (1.46.5) 1.46.5 1.46.5 1.46.5 1.46.4 1.45.2 1.43.4 1.42.9 1.41.13 1.41.14 1.41.0 1.38 1.35 -- -- e2fsprogs (1.46.5)
firefox (103.0.2) 103.0.2 103.0.2 91.8.01 94.0.1 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 (103.0.2)
freetype (2.12.1) 2.12.1 2.12.1 2.11.1 1.3.1 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 (2.12.1)
gcc (12.1.0) 11.2.0 11.2.0 10 10 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 (12.1.0)
gimp (2.10.32) 2.10.32 2.10.32 2.10.282 2.10.282 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 (2.10.32)
glibc (2.36) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- glibc (2.36)
gnome-shell (42.4) 42.3.1 42.3.1 41.4 41.0 3.28.3 3.18.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (42.4)
gnucash (4.11) 4.11 4.11 4.10 4.8 3.4 2.6.17 2.6.2 2.2.9 2.2.9 2.2.6 -- 1.8.9 -- 1.0.17 gnucash (4.11)
gnumeric (1.12.52) 1.12.52 1.12.52 1.12.50 1.12.50 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 (1.12.52)
grub (2.06) -- -- 2.02 2.02 2.00 2.00 2.00 1.98 1.98 -- 0.97 0.95 -- -- grub (2.06)
gtk (4.6.6) 4.6.3 4.6.3 4.6.2 2.24.33 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 (4.6.6)
httpd (2.4.54) 2.4.54 2.4.54 2.4.53 2.4.51 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 (2.4.54)
inkscape (1.2.1) 1.2.1 1.2.1 1.1.2 1.1 0.92.3 0.92.1 0.48.4 0.48.0 0.48.0 0.46 0.43 0.38.1 -- -- inkscape (1.2.1)
k3b (22.04.3) 22.04.3 22.04.3 21.12.3 21.08.1 18.12.3 2.0.3 2.0.2 2.0.2 2.0.2 1.0.5 -- 0.11.17 -- -- k3b (22.04.3)
kmod (30) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (30)
krita (5.0.8) 5.0.8 5.0.8 5.0.2 4.4.8 4.1.8 3.1.2.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (5.0.8)
libreoffice (7.3.5) -- 7.3.5.2 7.3.2.2 7.2.1.2 6.2.2 5.3.4 4.1.5 -- -- 2.4.1 -- 1.1.3 -- -- libreoffice (7.3.5)
linux (5.19.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- linux (5.19.1)
Package 14-CURRENT 13-STABLE 13.1 12.3 11.3 10.4 9.3 8.2 7.4 6.4 5.5 4.11 3.5 2.2.8 Package
lxpanel (0.10.1) 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 (0.10.1)
mariadb (10.8.3) 10.6.8 10.6.8 -- 10.5.5 10.3.13 10.2.6 5.5.35 5.2.4 5.2.4 -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.8.3)
mate-desktop (1.26.0) 1.26.0 1.26.0 1.26.0 1.24.2 1.20.3 1.12.1 1.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.26.0)
mesa (22.1.6) 21.3.8 21.3.8 21.3.8 8.4.0 18.3.2 17.1.4 10.1.0 7.9.1 7.9.1 -- -- -- 3.2 3.0 mesa (22.1.6)
mysql (8.0.30) 8.0.29 8.0.29 -- 8.0.21 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 (8.0.30)
nautilus (42.2) 42.2 42.2 41.2 41.0 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 (42.2)
NVIDIA (515.65.01) 510.60.02 510.60.02 -- 440.100 390.87 375.66 331.49 -- 270.18 -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (515.65.01)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.5.2 3.4.11.2 3.4.11.2 3.4.7.2 3.2 3.2 -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (18.0.1) 8u342 8u342 8.322.06.1 11.0.12 12.0.0 8u131 7u51 7b122 7b122 -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (18.0.1)
openssh (9.0p1) -- 9.0p1 -- 8.2p1 7.9p1 7.5p1 6.6p1 5.4p1 5.2p1 3.6p1 3.6p1 3.6p1 -- -- openssh (9.0p1)
openssl (3.0.5) 1.1.1q 1.1.1q 0.5.0 1.1.1l 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 (3.0.5)
perl (5.36.0) 5.32.1 5.32.1 -- 5.32.0 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 (5.36.0)
php (8.1.9) 8.2.0.b2 8.2.0.b2 -- 7.4.10 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 (8.1.9)
plasma-desktop (5.25.4) 5.24.6 5.24.6 -- 5.19.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.25.4)
postfix (3.7.2) 3.7.2 3.7.2 3.7.0 3.6.2 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 (3.7.2)
postgresql (14.5) -- -- 5.2.0 10.18 11.3 9.6.4 8.4.21 9.0.3 9.0.3 8.3.3 8.1.3 7.4.6 -- -- postgresql (14.5)
Python (3.10.6) 3.9.13 3.9.13 3.8 3 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 (3.10.6)
qt (6.3.1) 3d 5.15.5 5.15.2 6.1 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 (6.3.1)
samba (4.16.4) -- -- -- 4.13.0 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 (4.16.4)
systemd (251.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (251.4)
thunderbird (102.1.2) 91.12.0 91.12.0 91.8.0 91.3.0 60.7.1 52.3.0 24.4.0 3.1.7 3.1.7 2.0.0.16 1.5 1.0 -- -- thunderbird (102.1.2)
vim (9.0) 9.0 9.0 8.2 8.2 8.1 8.0 7.4 7.3 7.3 7.2 6.4 6.3 5.6 5.3 vim (9.0)
vlc (3.0.17.4) 3.0.17.4 3.0.17.4 3.0.17.3 3.0.16 3.0.6 2.2.6 2.1.2 1.1.7 1.1.7 0.8.6i 0.8.4a -- -- -- vlc (3.0.17.4)
xfdesktop (4.16.0) 4.16.0 4.16.0 4.16.0 4.16 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 (4.16.0)
xorg-server (21.1.4) 21.1.4 21.1.4 1.20.141 1.20.11 1.18.4 1.18.4 1.7.7 1.7.5 1.7.5 1.4.2 (6.9.0) -- -- -- xorg-server (21.1.4)

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Version: 14-CURRENT
Rating: 10
Date: 2022-07-07
Votes: 31


FreeBSD is an excellent distro overall. It doesn’t have a GUI by default, but you can install one and there are a lot of easy-to-follow instructions on how to do things: the manual is legendary and very helpful. The forum is very active and full of helpful, nice people. I use this on 2 home servers and 3 desktop computers and it runs well and gets the job done. I haven’t noticed any crashes while using FreeBSD for a couple years and the stability is great. It feels a lot speedier and stable than Linux.you have tons of applications you can install to get so many jobs done, whether it’s for a server, regular use for internet browsing, reading email, watching videos, etc.

Overall, I highly recommend FreeBSD- give it a try!


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Version: 13.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2022-06-15
Votes: 46


Indeed, FreeBsd is not like Ubuntu, linux Mint or other distros that come right away with a fully fledge working DE, but when followed the instruction videos (and there are quiet a lot of good onces) to install the GUI (Graphical Environment / DE), FreeBSD is then working nicely. I've got the full Kde/Plasma environment installed and all looks very neat and works fast and perfectly.
Another plus of the FreeBSD is that you can install whatever on it, like more DE's and when you remove it (Delete followed by Autoremove) no crap is left behind, this in contrast with whatever linux-distros.
I was a linux user for over years, from which the last few years 'plain' Arch, but I'm very satisfied with FreeBSD and use it now as my main OS.


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Version: 13-STABLE
Rating: 10
Date: 2022-05-31
Votes: 52


I run FreeBSD on servers but I did install it on a new Framework laptop just to see what would happen. Much to my surprise everything worked.

For servers FreeBSD's stability and the ZFS filesystem can't be beat. I also find administration straightforward and documentation excellent. I'm sure having the kernel and core utilities developed together helps.

Bug fixes come in maybe once a month, a much smaller volume than Linux. In years of use I can't remember a single crash.

ZFS does a lot for servers which you can't get on Linux. I've heard of too many problems with btrfs, XFS lacks too many useful features (IMHO Red Hat's Stratis doesn't make it any better), and the promising bcachefs isn't ready yet.

I haven't noticed any lack of support for server hardware but I've heard that can be a problem for desktop use. I'm not one who likes problems so I use Linux on my desktops.

I like the philosophy of OpenBSD but its lack of ZFS is a killer for me. Dragonfly BSD seems like a perpetual experiment and for me NetBSD gives up too much for compatibility with hardware I'll never use.

So I'll say FreeBSD is great for servers but for other purposes your mileage may vary. It's nice to have choices.



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