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Last Update: 2019-02-19 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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 •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
 •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
 •2017-05-15 FreeBSD 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 2019-02-19 2019-02-19 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 2.8.6 2.8.4 2.8.4 2.6.3 2.4.2 2.2.1 -- -- abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.8) -- -- 1.1.2 1.1.2 1.1.2 1.0.27.2 1.0.23 1.0.23 1.0.10 -- -- -- -- alsa-lib (1.1.8)
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (18.30)
bash (5.0) -- -- 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.1 4.1 3.2 3.1 3.0 2.04 2.02.1 bash (5.0)
bind (9.13.6) -- -- 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 (9.13.6)
chromium (72.0.3626.109) -- -- 68.0.3440.106 65.0.3325.181 60.0.3112.101 35.0.1916.153 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (72.0.3626.109)
cups (2.2.10) -- -- 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 4.3.6-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 (1.44.5) -- -- 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 (1.44.5)
firefox (65.0.1) -- -- 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 (65.0.1)
freetype (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) -- -- 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) -- -- 2.8.22 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 (2.29) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- glibc (2.29)
gnome-shell (3.30.2) -- -- 3.28.2 3.18.5 3.18.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.30.2)
gnucash (3.4) -- -- 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 (3.4)
gnumeric (1.12.44) -- -- 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 1.98 1.98 -- 0.97 0.95 -- -- grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.24.5) -- -- 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+ (3.24.5)
httpd (2.4.38) -- -- 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 (2.4.38)
inkscape (0.92.4) -- -- 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 (0.92.4)
k3b (18.12.2) -- -- 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 (18.12.2)
kmod (26) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (26)
krita (4.1.7) -- -- 4.1.3 3.3.3 3.1.2.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (4.1.7)
libreoffice (6.2.0) -- -- 6.0.5 6.0.2 5.3.4 4.1.5 -- -- 2.4.1 -- 1.1.3 -- -- libreoffice (6.2.0)
linux (4.20.10) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- linux (4.20.10)
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 0.6.1 0.5.6 0.5.6 0.3.7 -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.9.3)
mariadb (10.3.12) -- -- 10.3.10 10.2.15 10.2.6 5.5.35 5.2.4 5.2.4 -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.3.12)
mate-desktop (1.20.4) -- -- 1.20.0 1.18.0 1.12.1 1.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.20.4)
mesa (18.3.4) -- -- 18.1.9 17.3.9 17.1.4 10.1.0 7.9.1 7.9.1 -- -- -- 3.2 3.0 mesa (18.3.4)
mysql (8.0.15) -- -- 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 (8.0.15)
nautilus (3.30.5) -- -- 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 (415.27) -- -- 390.87 390.48 375.66 331.49 -- 270.18 -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (415.27)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- 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 (11.0.1) -- -- 8u181 8u162 8u131 7u51 7b122 7b122 -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (11.0.1)
openssh (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) -- -- 1.1.1 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 (5.28.1) -- -- 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 (5.28.1)
php (7.3.2) -- -- 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 (7.3.2)
plasma-desktop (5.15.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.15.1)
postfix (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 (11.2) -- -- 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 (11.2)
Python (3.7.2) -- -- 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 (3.7.2)
qt (5.12.1) -- -- 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 (5.12.1)
samba (4.9.4) -- -- 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 (4.9.4)
systemd (241) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (241)
thunderbird (60.5.1) -- -- 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 (60.5.1)
vim (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 (3.0.6) -- -- 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 (3.0.6)
xfdesktop (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 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: 11.2
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-01-24
Votes: 10


What is the point of a BSD when you have Linux? Well I am a happy. I read the review on distrowatch and others elsewhere and they do not understand what this is as they look at it through a 'Linux-pair-of-eyes' via a vm. This is a system, and BSDs in general, that you have to live with as your system week-to-week to 'get it'. If hardware does not work just buy supported, compatible hardware. It saves you a lot of hassle. You have a lot of control on how BSD runs with simple modular configuration options to control how it all hangs together. Repeating. It is simple. It is modular. And you control how it all hangs together. It does what you tell it [ sometimes that can be bad as well :) ]. It is as far removed from a Redmond wizard, Cupertino media work-flow, or phone app as you can get. Now that xorg has come of age you can startx with some items in .xinitrc and your desktop is there if it detects a supported video card. I am using FreeBSD alongside OpenBSD and Devuan. For FreeBSD I have 3 desktops and a main business server in daily use. I have retired all of my windows and apple machines over the last 10 years as FreeBSD has replaced them all (alongside Devuan installs with an nvidia driver compromise to play the odd game with my children.). FreeBSD is very modular and very clean. My FreeBSD desktops are standard installations using xorg, fluxbox, leafpad, xfe, mplayer and firefox with libreoffice for my business. Its package system is good quality. Proprietary extras like libdvdcss can be compiled from ports (a huge tree of make files to get code and compile software). For example, to play old DVDs ' make install clean from /usr/ports/multimedia/libdvdcss. :) Then use mplayer or vlc. With this you can step back and do things a different way. For example, audio volume with fluxbox can be controlled via keys set in ~/.fluxbox/keys. Just edit that file setting mixer values for volume and mute, etc. No 30+ gnome packages installed just to get a graphical volume slider up, ;) Have some fun with this!


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Version: 12.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-01-08
Votes: 3


FreeBSD is better by stability, tools as they are packaged


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Version: 11.2
Rating: 8
Date: 2019-01-08
Votes: 3


Nice server OS (havent used it as a desktop), gets out of the admin way, easy to understand filesystem layout.
At first I had some difficulty with [t]csh and then installed bash, which I'm more familiar with.

Ports are amazing, package manager is straightforward to use.
Documentation is so much better than any GNU/Linux I have used (debian, openSuSe, ubuntu, CentOS).


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