Subject: Re: NetBSD being used as the core for secure OS distro
To: None <>
From: Jeremy C. Reed <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 09/26/2003 17:44:34
On Sat, 27 Sep 2003, Michal Pasternak wrote:

> I don't know, if you have used it, but FreeBSD 5.1 is not even stable enough
> to run my normal desktop operations.

I continue to hear this. Even though this is a NetBSD list, I will comment

I have been using FreeBSD 5.0 (since January) and 5.1 on various hardware
in different locations on a variety of production boxes running Apache and
Squid. They have appeared to be quite stable for me. (I have only heard
about one crash from one of these systems during a "make buildworld", but
then I learned it didn't crash, but some outside firewall rule had made it

Some customers ask for FreeBSD 5.x (for new installs) because they feel
uncomfortable using 4.x versions (although stable) because they believe
that they want to currently be up-to-date, and want easier upgrades.

Also, they want the new RCng (NetBSD's rcorder/rc.subr/rc.d scripts).

(My biggest issue with FreeBSD 5.x was that on one of my laptops the new
pccard code didn't recognize my pcmcia card. So I installed FreeBSD 4.x
and then upgraded to 5.0 and built new kernel with "OLDCARD" ... it was
slow way to install.)

   Jeremy C. Reed