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I just installed FreeBSD (again). Got everything working properly except for my Atheros-based wifi card, but I don't care about that at the moment. Gnome is pretty fast. Nvidia's drivers seem to be working well.
However, it worries me that FreeBSD has Firefox 1.5 and GAIM 1.5 in the stable branch. These two programs are a year and a half old! Debian Linux's stable branch is considered by many to be extremely out of date, and even *it* had Firefox 2 and GAIM 2 a year ago.
How does one run a secure, stable FreeBSD system without such ancient software? I'd like at least Firefox 2 and GAIM 2.
I've had extremely bad luck with using ports, so I'd rather consult with other people before breaking my entire system again.
:-/ 1st of all: Ancient? Ha!
2nd of all: Did you install firefox from ports? Because, unless the freebsd website is telling me lies.. /usr/ports/www/firefox should give you FF 2.0 *and* /usr/ports/www/firefox-devel should give you FF 3.
So basically, I use cvsup or portwhatever to grab the latest snapshot of ports, and build it from there?
Don't I have to also build a new kernel to match the snapshot, or is mixing my 6.2 stable GENERIC kernel with bleeding-edge ports acceptable? I don't understand how this is supposed to work, and I can't find any documentation explaining it.
I even bought a book on FreeBSD a few months ago and it doesn't even explain it!
pkg_add: package 'firefox-188.8.131.52,1' or its older version already installed
pkg_add: 1 package addition(s) failed
pkg_delete won't let me remove Firefox 1.5 either, since it's a dependency of Gnome and some other stuff. Am I supposed to just feed pkg_add the -F flag?
(This is after pkg_add froze my machine, requiring a hard reboot, and also corrupted my filesystem. :P)
So, packages-6-stable/Latest/ is the latest SECURE software available for FreeBSD? I didn't see anything in the documentation explaining the differences between release, stable, etc.
I've already read through 90% of the manual, since the text in the book I have is pretty much an exact copy. The ports page is ok, but it didn't explain what I wanted to know: that is, whether or not it's ok to mix to your GENERIC kernel with more modern ports, and what the differences between the releases are.