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Old 07-05-2009, 07:30 PM   #1
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freebsd-release update support


hello. i read some materials about freebsd and im very interested in trying it out.i already have an iso of freebsd 7.2-release. what i want to know is how long is the security support for the freebsd-release(in this example, the 7.2)?i've read that the -stable branch is still a development branch and i think im not ready yet for such.thanks in advance
 
Old 07-05-2009, 10:49 PM   #2
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I've read somewhere the -RELEASE versions are just snapshots of -STABLE at any point of time, so they're essentially frozen versions.

Somebody correct me if I'm wrong though: I don't think FreeBSD has the concept of "back-porting" security patches to -RELEASE.

You can always track -STABLE though. I'm sure it's usable for desktops. Alternatively, every time a new -RELEASE version comes out you can upgrade your system from the previous -RELEASE.

Since binary updates are now part of FreeBSD, the process should be a lot lot easier. You should always keep your ports upgraded when you update the base system to prevent breakage. See the handbook on updating using the "freebsd-update' tool:
http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en/books/...bsdupdate.html

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Old 07-06-2009, 05:02 AM   #3
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I've read somewhere the -RELEASE versions are just snapshots of -STABLE at any point of time, so they're essentially frozen versions.

Somebody correct me if I'm wrong though: I don't think FreeBSD has the concept of "back-porting" security patches to -RELEASE.

You can always track -STABLE though. I'm sure it's usable for desktops. Alternatively, every time a new -RELEASE version comes out you can upgrade your system from the previous -RELEASE.

Since binary updates are now part of FreeBSD, the process should be a lot lot easier. You should always keep your ports upgraded when you update the base system to prevent breakage. See the handbook on updating using the "freebsd-update' tool:
http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en/books/...bsdupdate.html
thanks harishankar. will look at the resource you pointed out. i just want to gather as much information as possible before diving in in freebsd.thanks again.
 
Old 07-11-2009, 04:02 PM   #4
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This is the end-of-life calendar for the freebsd releases.

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I don't think FreeBSD has the concept of "back-porting" security patches to -RELEASE.
It does. This is the security branch associated with the release. This is explained in the link above. For 7.2-RELEASE, the
associated security branch is RELENG_7_2. So, if you install 7.2-RELEASE and ran
Code:
freebsd-update fetch install
you would end up with the latest build from RELENG_7_2, which today is 7.2-RELEASE-p2.
 
Old 07-12-2009, 06:28 PM   #5
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This is the end-of-life calendar for the freebsd releases.


It does. This is the security branch associated with the release. This is explained in the link above. For 7.2-RELEASE, the
associated security branch is RELENG_7_2. So, if you install 7.2-RELEASE and ran
Code:
freebsd-update fetch install
you would end up with the latest build from RELENG_7_2, which today is 7.2-RELEASE-p2.
thanks Berhanie.i really have some serious reading to do.
 
  


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