4.9 or 5.2.1

Geffy geffy at geffychan.co.uk
Thu May 13 14:55:18 BST 2004

Basically Production release is the version which is recommended for 
"mission critical" use, it should be the most stable and so on. New 
Technology for the 5.2.1 mainly means that its the new stuff, for 
example 5.x supports a wider range of hardware and architectures, and I 
think from 5.1 or it might have been 5.2, FreeBSD uses the UFS2 filesystem.

For example 4.9 supports i386 and Alpha, but 5.2.1 supports i386, alpha, 
amd64, ia64, pc98 and sparc64.
Also the 5.x branch has more of the developer focus.

Thats my understanding of the differences anyway.


Grant wrote:
> Geffy wrote:
>> I have been using 5.2.1 on a server of similar specs without any
>> problems at all. But 4.9 is still the recommended production release.
>> You can always check to see which one will support your hardware
>> FreeBSD 4.9 -
>> http://www.freebsd.org/releases/4.9R/hardware-i386.html
>> FreeBSD 5.2.1 - http://www.freebsd.org/releases/5.2.1R/hardware-i386.html
>> Also if by "somewhere i can check sites are working" you mean a browser
>> to make sure that apache is serving pages then you could use lynx or
>> elinks and check the sites via the console.
>> Hope this is the sort of info you were looking for,
>> Geoff
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> yea i have tried some of the console browsers out but i cant get on with 
> them very well, plus i need a graphical one so that i am able to see if 
> say a picture isnt working on one of the sites... then look at the 
> source and check why, so its mainly for a little bit of web editing.
> Thats why i thought a small window manager might be needed, oh and i 
> guess i would need a browser for it as well... didnt think of that one :(
> I will have a look at them URL's you sent, and check to see which is 
> most compatible with the bits i got.
> oh also what is meant by the "production release" and the "new 
> technology release" is there alot of difference?, other than the obvious 
> version numbers..
> Thanks
> Grant.
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