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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2003

    BSD Operating Systems

    For IRC I understand some form of BSD is better. I'm thinking about FreeBSD, but what version should I go with if a host offers FreeBSD 4.x and 5.x. Last time I checked latest stable was 4.8 or something, what is the current latest stable version? Also, should I go with the latest stable version, an earleir version or a not yet fully stable version?
    Michael MacKinnon

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Dallas, TX
    Freebsd 4.9 is the latest stable version and 5.2.1 is currently the latest version of the 5.x series. I am currently using 4.9 for my production boxes and the last I used 5.1 it was a bit buggy so I decided to stay in the 4.x series until 5.x becomes stable which isn't too far away. Unless you have a need for multiple processor support then 4.x should be good enough for you.

    I've only used IRC with Openbsd but Freebsd should run just as well.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    California USA
    Go with 4.9-Stable if you go with FreeBSD
    Steven Ciaburri | Proactive Linux Server Management -
    Managed Servers (AS62710), Server Management, and Security Auditing.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Just be sure to know how to keep your system upgraded.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Marylebone, London, UK
    I've currently got 4.8-release, 4.9-release and 5.2-release
    working with cpanel, and 4.9 woth directadmin.

    I've encountered few issues, at least none which would
    stop anyone using these for hosting etc.

    both 'stable' and 'current' branches of freebsd are
    development branches, so you should get an install
    of the release versions (these are also what's shipped
    on CDs). Then you only need to update any security
    patches for that release - there are how-tos in
    abundance for this.

    PM me if you want any more info on the locations
    of the above servers (different DCs) and views
    on each setup/install/support etc

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