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FreeBSD

Last Update: 2017-06-29 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
User Forums http://forums.freebsd.org/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://www.freebsd.org/docs.html
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Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/mirrors-ftp.html
Bug Tracker http://www.freebsd.org/support/bugreports.html
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-06-24: Development Release: FreeBSD 11.1-BETA3
 • 2017-06-17: Development Release: FreeBSD 11.1-BETA2
 • 2017-06-10: Development Release: FreeBSD 11.1-BETA1
 • 2016-10-10: BSD Release: FreeBSD 11.0
 • 2016-09-18: Development Release: FreeBSD 11.0-RC3
 • 2016-08-25: Development Release: FreeBSD 11.0-RC2
 • 2016-08-13: Development Release: FreeBSD 11.0-RC1
 • 2016-08-07: Development Release: FreeBSD 11.0-BETA4
 • 2016-07-30: Development Release: FreeBSD 11.0-BETA3
 • 2016-07-25: Development Release: FreeBSD 11.0-BETA2
 • 2016-06-18: Development Release: FreeBSD 11.0-ALPHA4
 • 2016-04-04: BSD Release: FreeBSD 10.3
 • More FreeBSD releases...

  Headlines:
 •2017-05-15 FreeBSD status report
 •2017-02-14 FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report
 •2017-01-01 FreeBSD EoL notices
 •2016-12-22 FreeBSD porting Wayland
 •2016-11-14 FreeBSD Quarterly Report
 •2016-10-11 386BSD website provides code archive
 •2016-10-04 Some FreeBSD versions reaching EoL
 •2016-09-30 FreeBSD 11.0 to be rebuilt
 •2016-09-06 FreeBSD gains CentOS 7 port
 •2016-08-19 FreeBSD video support
 • More FreeBSD headlines...

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Feature 12-CURRENT 11-STABLE 11.0 10.3 9.3 8.2 7.4 6.4 5.5 4.11 3.5 2.2.8 Feature
Release Date 2017-06-29 2017-06-29 2016-10-10 2016-04-04 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       2018-04 2016-12 2015-08             End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
CDs -- -- 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 3 3 2 2 2 2 CDs
Free Download Ports Ports 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 Installation
Default Desktop                         Default Desktop
Package Management TXZ TXZ TXZ TXZ TXZ TXZ TBZ TBZ TBZ TGZ TGZ TGZ Package Management
Office Suite 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 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
Journaled File Systems UFS2 SU+J 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 Multilingual
Asian Language Support 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 12-current 11-stable 11.0 10.3 9.3 8.2 7.4 6.4 5.5 4.11 3.5 2.2.8 Full Package List
Package 12-CURRENT 11-STABLE 11.0 10.3 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 2.8.6 2.8.4 2.8.4 2.6.3 2.4.2 2.2.1 -- -- abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.4.1) 1.1.2 1.1.2 1.1.2 1.0.29 1.0.27.2 1.0.23 1.0.23 1.0.10 -- -- -- -- alsa-lib (1.1.4.1)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4) 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.1 4.1 3.2 3.1 3.0 2.04 2.02.1 bash (4.4)
bind (9.11.1-P1) 9.11.1-P1 9.11.1-P1 9.10.4-P2 9.10.2-P3 9.9.5 9.7.2-P3 9.7.2 9.5.0 9.3.2 9.3.0 -- 8.1.2 bind (9.11.1-P1)
chromium (59.0.3071.115) 59.0.3071.109 59.0.3071.109 52.0.2743.116 44.0.2403.107 35.0.1916.153 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (59.0.3071.115)
cups (2.2.3) 2.2.3 2.2.3 2.1.4 2.0.3 1.7.1 1.4.5 1.4.6 1.3.9 1.1.23 1.1.22 -- -- cups (2.2.3)
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.3.5 4.3.5 4.3.4 4.3.2 4.3.0 4.1.2 4.1.2 3.0.5 3.0.3 3.0.1rc14 2.0 1.0.2 dhcp (4.3.5)
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.43.4 1.43.4 1.42.13 1.42.12 1.42.9 1.41.13 1.41.14 1.41.0 1.38 1.35 -- -- e2fsprogs (1.43.4)
firefox (54.0) 54.0 54.0 47.0.1 39.0.1 28.0.1 3.6.13 3.6.13 3.0.4 1.5.0.1 1.0 -- -- firefox (54.0)
freetype (2.8) 2.8 2.8 2.6.3 2.5.5 2.5.3 2.4.4 2.4.4 2.3.7 2.1.10 2.1.7 1.3.1 1.1 freetype (2.8)
gcc (7.1.0) 5.4.0 5.4.0 4.8.5 4.8.4 4.7.3 4.3.4 4.6.0 3.4.6 3.3.6 3.2.3 -- 2.8.1 gcc (7.1.0)
gimp (2.8.22) 2.8.22 2.8.22 2.8.18 2.8.14 2.8.10 2.6.11 2.6.11 2.4.7 2.2.10 2.2.1 -- 1.0.2 gimp (2.8.22)
glibc (2.25) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- glibc (2.25)
gnome-shell (3.24.2) 3.18.5 3.18.5 3.18.4 3.14.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.24.2)
gnucash (2.6.16) 2.6.16 2.6.16 2.6.13 2.6.7 2.6.2 2.2.9 2.2.9 2.2.6 -- 1.8.9 -- 1.0.17 gnucash (2.6.16)
gnumeric (1.12.34) 1.12.28 1.12.28 1.12.28 1.12.22 1.12.11 1.10.12 1.10.12 1.8.3 1.6.2 1.4.1 -- 0.3 gnumeric (1.12.34)
grub (2.02) 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 1.98 1.98 -- 0.97 0.95 -- -- grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.16) 3.22.15 3.22.15 3.18.8 3.14.12 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+ (3.22.16)
httpd (2.4.26) 2.4.26 2.4.26 2.4.23 2.4.16 2.4.9 2.2.17 2.2.17 2.2.9 2.2.0 2.0.52 -- -- httpd (2.4.26)
inkscape (0.92.1) 0.92.1 0.92.1 0.91 0.91 0.48.4 0.48.0 0.48.0 0.46 0.43 0.38.1 -- -- inkscape (0.92.1)
k3b (17.04.2) 2.0.3 2.0.3 2.0.3 2.0.2 2.0.2 2.0.2 2.0.2 1.0.5 -- 0.11.17 -- -- k3b (17.04.2)
kmod (24) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (24)
libgnome (2.32.1) 2.32.0 2.32.0 2.32.0 2.32.0 2.32.0 2.32.0 2.32.0 2.22.0 2.12.0.1 2.8.0 -- -- libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (5.3.4) 5.3.4 5.3.4 5.0.6 4.3.7 4.1.5 -- -- 2.4.1 -- 1.1.3 -- -- libreoffice (5.3.4)
linux (4.11.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- linux (4.11.8)
Package 12-CURRENT 11-STABLE 11.0 10.3 9.3 8.2 7.4 6.4 5.5 4.11 3.5 2.2.8 Package
lxde-common (0.99.2) 0.99.2 0.99.2 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.0 0.5.0 -- -- -- -- -- lxde-common (0.99.2)
mariadb (10.2.6) 10.2.6 10.2.6 10.0.26 10.0.17 5.5.35 5.2.4 5.2.4 -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.6)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.12.1 1.12.1 1.12.1 1.8.1 1.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.1.3) 17.1.2 17.1.2 11.2.2 10.2.7 10.1.0 7.9.1 7.9.1 -- -- -- 3.2 3.0 mesa (17.1.3)
mysql (5.7.18) 8.0.0 8.0.0 5.7.13 5.6.24 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 (5.7.18)
nautilus (3.24.1) 3.18.5 3.18.5 3.18.5 3.14.2 2.32.2.1 2.32.2.1 2.32.2.1 2.22.5.1 2.12.2 2.8.2 -- -- nautilus (3.24.1)
NVIDIA (381.22) 375.66 375.66 346.96 346.47 331.49 -- 270.18 -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (381.22)
openbox (3.6.1) 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 (8u131) 8u131 8u131 8u92 8u45 7u51 7b122 7b122 -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (8u131)
openssh (7.5p1) 7.5p1 7.5p1 7.2p2 6.8p1 6.6p1 5.4p1 5.2p1 3.6p1 3.6p1 3.6p1 -- -- openssh (7.5p1)
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.0.2l 1.0.2l 1.0.2 1.0.2 1.0.1 1.0.0 1.0.0d 0.9.8h 0.9.8a 0.9.7e -- -- openssl (1.1.0f)
perl (5.26.0) 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.20.3 5.20.2 5.16.3 5.12.3 5.12.3 5.8.8 5.8.8 5.8.5 -- 5.005.02 perl (5.26.0)
php (7.1.6) 7.1.6 7.1.6 7.0.10 5.6.11 5.5.10 5.3.5 5.3.5 5.2.6 5.1.2 5.0.3 -- -- php (7.1.6)
plasma-desktop (5.10.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.10.3)
postfix (3.2.2) 3.2.2 3.2.2 3.1.1 2.11.5 2.11.0 2.8.0 2.8.0 2.5.4 2.2.9 2.1.5 -- -- postfix (3.2.2)
postgresql (9.6.3) 9.6.3 9.6.3 9.5.4 9.0.22 8.4.21 9.0.3 9.0.3 8.3.3 8.1.3 7.4.6 -- -- postgresql (9.6.3)
Python (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.5.2 3.4.3 2.7.6 2.6.6 3.1.3 2.5.2 2.4.2 2.4 1.5.2 1.5.1 Python (3.6.1)
qt (5.9.0) 5.7.1 5.7.1 5.5.1 4.8.6 4.8.5 4.7.1 4.7.1 3.3.8 3.3.5 3.3.3 1.45 1.41 qt (5.9.0)
samba (4.6.5) 4.6.4 4.6.4 4.4.5 4.2.2 4.1.6 3.5.6 3.5.6 3.0.32 3.0.21b 3.0.10 -- 1.9.18.10 samba (4.6.5)
systemd (233) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (233)
thunderbird (52.2.1) 52.2.1 52.2.1 45.2.0 38.1.0 24.4.0 3.1.7 3.1.7 2.0.0.16 1.5 1.0 -- -- thunderbird (52.2.1)
vim (8.0) 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.3 7.2 6.4 6.3 5.6 5.3 vim (8.0)
vlc (2.2.6) 2.2.6 2.2.6 2.2.4 2.2.1 2.1.2 1.1.7 1.1.7 0.8.6i 0.8.4a -- -- -- vlc (2.2.6)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.12.2 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 (1.19.3) 1.18.4 1.18.4 1.17.4 1.14.7 1.7.7 1.7.5 1.7.5 1.4.2 (6.9.0) -- -- -- xorg-server (1.19.3)

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Version: 11.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-06-22
Votes: 3


When it comes to setting up servers, I only choose FreeBSD. For the longest time, I was only using Debian to run my servers. But ever since 'systemd' came into the picture, I needed to find a different OS that would allow me to remain in complete control, as well as the ability to work with 'ZFS'.

Behold... FreeBSD!.


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Version: 12-CURRENT
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-06-20
Votes: 0


My favorite OS. Anything after that statement would seem biased. It would be. The best OS ever!


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Version: 10.3
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-05-30
Votes: 2


Hardware support is hit and miss. But if it supports the hardware that you have, who cares?. It's easier to maintain and more consistent over time than any Linux distro I've ever used, and I've used lots of them. It's thought of as a server OS. But it makes a fantastic desktop. The separation of the OS and 3rd party software in the file system, and the ports system, and incredibly comprehensible documentation make FreeBSD by far my favorite open source operating system.


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