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DistroWatch.com: DragonFly BSD

DragonFly BSD

Last Update: 2017-03-27 20:38 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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DragonFly Summary
Distribution DragonFly BSD
Home Page http://www.dragonflybsd.org/
Mailing Lists http://www.dragonflybsd.org/mailinglists/
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://www.dragonflybsd.org/docs/documentation/
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Download Mirrors http://www.dragonflybsd.org/download/
Bug Tracker http://bugs.dragonflybsd.org/
Related Websites DragonFly BSD DigestSuper User's BSD Cross ReferrenceManual PagesWikipedia
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 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
 • 2013-04-30: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 3.4.1
 • 2012-11-03: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 3.2.1
 • 2012-02-22: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 3.0.1
 • 2011-04-27: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 2.10.1
 • 2010-10-30: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 2.8
 • More DragonFly releases...

  Headlines:
 •2017-02-15 Video driver changes coming to DragonFlyBSD
 •2017-01-18 DragonFlyBSD and UEFI
 •2017-01-04 DragonFly to support 32TB of swap
 •2016-09-26 DragonFly BSD supports LibreSSL in dports
 •2016-06-30 HAMMER2 moving forward
 •2016-05-25 DragonFlyBSD updates wifi drivers
 •2016-05-21 DragonFlyBSD runs Wayland
 • More DragonFly headlines...

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Feature 4.8.0 4.6.0 4.4.1 3.8 2.10 1.12
Release Date 2017-03-27 2016-08-02 2015-12-07 2014-06-05 2011-04-26 2008-02-27
End Of Life            
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free
CDs 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 1
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode
Default Desktop FVWM FVWM FVWM FVWM FVWM  
Package Management DPorts DPorts DPorts DPorts TGZ TGZ
Office Suite Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i386
Journaled File Systems HAMMER HAMMER HAMMER HAMMER HAMMER N/A
Multilingual -- -- -- -- -- --
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- --
Full Package List 4.8.0 4.6.0 4.4.1 3.8 2.10 1.12
Package 4.8.0 4.6.0 4.4.1 3.8 2.10 1.12
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.1 3.0.1 3.0.1 2.8.6 2.8.6 2.4.6
alsa-lib (1.1.3) 1.1.2 1.1.1 1.1.0 1.0.27.2 1.0.22 --
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- --
bash (4.4) 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.3.18 4.2 3.2
bind (9.11.1) -- 9.10.4-P1 9.10.3 9.10.0-P1 9.8.0 9.3.4-P1
chromium (58.0.3029.81) 55.0.2883.87 51.0.2704.106 46.0.2490.86 -- -- --
cups (2.2.3) 2.2.2 2.1.4 2.0.3 1.7.2 1.4.6 1.2.12
dhcp (4.3.5) 1.3.0 4.3.4 4.3.3 4.3.0 4.1.1-P1 4.0.0
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.43.4 1.43.1 1.42.12 1.42.10 1.41.12 --
firefox (53.0) 51.0.1 47.0.1 42.0 29.0 3.6.15 2.0.0.11
freetype (2.7.1) 1.3.1 2.6.3 2.6 2.5.3 2.4.4 2.3.5
gcc (6.3.0) 4.9.4 4.8.5 4.8.5 4.7.3 4.4.5 4.1.2
gimp (2.8.20) 2.8.18 2.8.16 2.8.16 2.8.10 2.6.11 2.4.3
glibc (2.25) -- -- -- -- -- --
gnome-shell (3.24.1) 3.18.4 3.18.4 3.16.3 -- -- --
gnucash (2.6.16) 2.6.15 2.6.13 2.6.9 2.6.3 -- 2.2.1
gnumeric (1.12.34) 1.12.28 1.12.28 1.12.24 1.12.11 1.10.13 1.6.3
grub (2.02) -- -- -- -- 0.97 0.97
gtk+ (3.22.12) 2.24.29 3.18.8 3.16.6 3.8.8 2.20.1 2.12.3
httpd (2.4.25) 2.4.25 2.4.23 2.4.17 2.4.9 2.2.17 2.2.8
inkscape (0.92.1) 0.91 0.91 0.91 0.48.4 0.48.1 --
k3b (17.04.0) 2.0.3 2.0.3 2.0.3 2.0.2 1.0.5 --
kmod (24) -- -- -- -- -- --
libgnome (2.32.1) 2.32.0 2.32.0 2.32.0 2.32.0 2.32.1 2.20.1.1
libreoffice (5.3.2) 5.2.5 5.0.6 5.0.3 4.1.6 -- --
linux (4.10.13) -- -- -- -- -- --
Package 4.8.0 4.6.0 4.4.1 3.8 2.10 1.12
lxde-common (0.99.2) 0.99.2 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5 -- --
mariadb (10.1.22) -- 10.0.26 10.0.22 5.5.35 -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.12.0 1.12.1 1.10.2 1.6.1 -- --
mesa (17.0.5) 8.3.0 11.2.2 10.6.9 9.1.7 7.4.4 6.4.2
mysql (5.7.18) -- 5.7.13 5.6.27 5.6.17 5.1.56 5.0.51
nautilus (3.24.1) 3.18.5 3.18.5 3.16.2 2.32.2.1 2.32.2.1 --
NVIDIA (378.13) -- -- -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.5.2 3.4.11.2 3.4.4
openjdk (8u131) 8u92 8u60 7u55 -- --
openssh (7.5p1) -- 7.2p2 7.1p1 6.1p1 5.8p1 4.7p1
openssl (1.1.0e) 1.0.2k 1.0.2h 1.0.2e 1.0.1g 1.0.0d 0.9.7g
perl (5.24.1) -- 5.24.0 5.20.3 5.20.0 5.12.2 5.8.8
php (7.1.4) 7.1.1 7.0.8 5.6.14 5.5.12 5.3.6 5.2.5
plasma-desktop (5.9.5) -- -- -- -- -- --
postfix (3.2.0) 3.1.4 2.11.7 2.11.7 2.11.1 2.8.2 2.5devel
postgresql (9.6.2) -- 9.5.3 9.4.5 9.3.4 9.0.3 8.2.6
Python (3.6.1) 2.7 3.5.2 3.5.0 3.4.0 2.7.1 2.3.5
qt (5.8.0) 5.6.2 5.5.1 4.8.7 4.8.6 4.7.2 3.3.8
samba (4.6.3) -- 4.4.5 4.1.18 4.1.7 3.5.8 3.0.26a
systemd (233) -- -- -- -- -- --
thunderbird (52.0.1) 45.6.0 45.2.0 38.4.0 24.5.0 3.1.8 --
vim (8.0) 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.2 7.1
vlc (2.2.4) 2.2.4 2.2.4 2.2.1 2.1.4 1.0.6 --
xfdesktop (4.12.3) 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.10.2 4.6.1 4.4.2
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.17.4 1.17.4 1.17.4 1.12.4 1.6.5 1.3.0.0

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Version: 4.8.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-04-29
Votes: 2


Very fast, very responsive, no worries about fsck on boot with immediate recovery. Works great for servers, VMs, NAS, laptops, and desktops. Uses the same packaging system as FreeBSD so you have over 20,000 packages available for easy install. Best of all, the community. Small, tightly knit, really intelligent developers. If you ever have a problem, you can bring it up to them, and the odds are that if they're not overly busy or it's critical that it'll get a fix in within a day or two.


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Version: 4.8.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-04-29
Votes: 1


A very nice combination of simplicity and performance. Very good Intel graphics support, and a large collection of third-party applications.



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Version: 4.8.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-04-27
Votes: 0


Super fast and lean BSD. Can't wait for Hammer 2.


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