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DistroWatch.com: DragonFly BSD

DragonFly BSD

Last Update: 2017-12-04 18:29 UTC


DragonFly is an operating system and environment designed to be the logical continuation of the FreeBSD-4.x OS series. These operating systems belong in the same class as Linux in that they are based on UNIX ideals and APIs. DragonFly is a fork in the path, so to speak, giving the BSD base an opportunity to grow in an entirely new direction from the one taken in the FreeBSD-5 series.

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Average visitor rating: 9.55/10 from 11 review(s).


DragonFly Summary
Distribution DragonFly BSD
Home Page http://www.dragonflybsd.org/
Mailing Lists http://www.dragonflybsd.org/mailinglists/
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://www.dragonflybsd.org/docs/documentation/
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Download Mirrors http://www.dragonflybsd.org/download/
Bug Tracker http://bugs.dragonflybsd.org/
Related Websites DragonFly BSD DigestSuper User's BSD Cross ReferrenceManual PagesWikipedia
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-10-16: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 5.0.0
 • 2017-08-02: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 4.8.1
 • 2017-03-27: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 4.8.0
 • 2016-08-02: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 4.6.0
 • 2015-12-07: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 4.4.1
 • 2015-06-29: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 4.2.0
 • 2014-11-26: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 4.0.1
 • 2014-06-05: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 3.8.0
 • 2013-11-25: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 3.6.0
 • 2013-04-30: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 3.4.1
 • 2012-11-03: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 3.2.1
 • 2012-02-22: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 3.0.1
 • More DragonFly releases...

  Headlines:
 •2017-10-28 HAMMER tools coming to Linux
 •2017-09-12 HAMMER2 in the installer
 •2017-09-06 Cross-platform ports with Ravenports
 •2017-08-21 HAMMER2 file system coming soon
 •2017-07-12 Installing DragonFly BSD with Orca
 •2017-02-15 Video driver changes coming to DragonFlyBSD
 •2017-01-18 DragonFlyBSD and UEFI
 •2017-01-04 DragonFly to support 32TB of swap
 •2016-09-26 DragonFly BSD supports LibreSSL in dports
 •2016-06-30 HAMMER2 moving forward
 • More DragonFly headlines...

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Feature 5.0.2 4.8.1 4.6.0 4.4.1 3.8 2.10 1.12 Feature
Release Date 2017-12-04 2017-08-02 2016-08-02 2015-12-07 2014-06-05 2011-04-26 2008-02-27 Release Date
End Of Life               End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 250-275 205-205           Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Installation
Default Desktop FVWM FVWM FVWM FVWM FVWM FVWM   Default Desktop
Package Management DPorts DPorts DPorts DPorts DPorts TGZ TGZ Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice Office Suite
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i386 Processor Architecture
Init Software RC RC RC RC RC RC RC Init Software
Journaled File Systems HAMMER HAMMER HAMMER HAMMER HAMMER HAMMER N/A Journaled File Systems
Multilingual -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List   4.8.1 4.6.0 4.4.1 3.8 2.10 1.12 Full Package List
Package 5.0.2 4.8.1 4.6.0 4.4.1 3.8 2.10 1.12 Package
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.1 3.0.1 3.0.1 3.0.1 2.8.6 2.8.6 2.4.6 abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.5) 1.1.2 1.1.2 1.1.1 1.1.0 1.0.27.2 1.0.22 -- alsa-lib (1.1.5)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4.12) 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.3.18 4.2 3.2 bash (4.4.12)
bind (9.11.2) -- -- 9.10.4-P1 9.10.3 9.10.0-P1 9.8.0 9.3.4-P1 bind (9.11.2)
chromium (63.0.3239.84) 60.0.3112.116 55.0.2883.87 51.0.2704.106 46.0.2490.86 -- -- -- chromium (63.0.3239.84)
cups (2.2.6) 2.2.3 2.2.3 2.1.4 2.0.3 1.7.2 1.4.6 1.2.12 cups (2.2.6)
dhcp (4.3.6) 1.3.0 4.3.5 4.3.4 4.3.3 4.3.0 4.1.1-P1 4.0.0 dhcp (4.3.6)
e2fsprogs (1.43.7) 1.43.6 1.43.4 1.43.1 1.42.12 1.42.10 1.41.12 -- e2fsprogs (1.43.7)
firefox (57.0.2) 56.0.1 54.0.1 47.0.1 42.0 29.0 3.6.15 2.0.0.11 firefox (57.0.2)
freetype (2.8.1) 1.3.1 2.8 2.6.3 2.6 2.5.3 2.4.4 2.3.5 freetype (2.8.1)
gcc (7.2.0) 6 5.4.0 4.8.5 4.8.5 4.7.3 4.4.5 4.1.2 gcc (7.2.0)
gimp (2.8.22) 2.8.22 2.8.22 2.8.16 2.8.16 2.8.10 2.6.11 2.4.3 gimp (2.8.22)
glibc (2.26) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- glibc (2.26)
gnome-shell (3.26.2) 3.18.5 3.18.5 3.18.4 3.16.3 -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.26.2)
gnucash (2.6.18-1) 2.6.18 2.6.15 2.6.13 2.6.9 2.6.3 -- 2.2.1 gnucash (2.6.18-1)
gnumeric (1.12.37) 1.12.28 1.12.28 1.12.28 1.12.24 1.12.11 1.10.13 1.6.3 gnumeric (1.12.37)
grub (2.02) -- -- -- -- -- 0.97 0.97 grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.26) 2.24.31 3.22.15 3.18.8 3.16.6 3.8.8 2.20.1 2.12.3 gtk+ (3.22.26)
httpd (2.4.29) 2.4.27 2.4.27 2.4.23 2.4.17 2.4.9 2.2.17 2.2.8 httpd (2.4.29)
inkscape (0.92.2) 0.92.2 0.92.1 0.91 0.91 0.48.4 0.48.1 -- inkscape (0.92.2)
k3b (17.08.3) 2.0.3 2.0.3 2.0.3 2.0.3 2.0.2 1.0.5 -- k3b (17.08.3)
kmod (24) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (24)
libgnome (2.32.1) 2.32.0 2.32.0 2.32.0 2.32.0 2.32.0 2.32.1 2.20.1.1 libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (5.4.3) 5.3.6 5.3.4 5.0.6 5.0.3 4.1.6 -- -- libreoffice (5.4.3)
linux (4.14.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- linux (4.14.5)
Package 5.0.2 4.8.1 4.6.0 4.4.1 3.8 2.10 1.12 Package
lxde-common (0.99.2) 0.99.2 0.99.2 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5 -- -- lxde-common (0.99.2)
mariadb (10.2.11) 10.1.28 10.1.24 10.0.26 10.0.22 5.5.35 -- -- mariadb (10.2.11)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.18.0 1.12.0 1.12.1 1.10.2 1.6.1 -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.3.0) 8.3.0 17.1.4 11.2.2 10.6.9 9.1.7 7.4.4 6.4.2 mesa (17.3.0)
mysql (5.7.20) 5.7.19 5.7.18 5.7.13 5.6.27 5.6.17 5.1.56 5.0.51 mysql (5.7.20)
nautilus (3.26.2) 3.18.5 3.18.5 3.18.5 3.16.2 2.32.2.1 2.32.2.1 -- nautilus (3.26.2)
NVIDIA (387.22) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (387.22)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.5.2 3.4.11.2 3.4.4 openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u151) 7u151 8u131 8u92 8u60 7u55 -- -- openjdk (8u151)
openssh (7.6p1) 7.5p1 7.5p1 7.2p2 7.1p1 6.1p1 5.8p1 4.7p1 openssh (7.6p1)
openssl (1.1.0g) 1.0.2l 1.0.2l 1.0.2h 1.0.2e 1.0.1g 1.0.0d 0.9.7g openssl (1.1.0g)
perl (5.26.1) 5.24.3 5.24.1 5.24.0 5.20.3 5.20.0 5.12.2 5.8.8 perl (5.26.1)
php (7.2.0) 20131017 7.1.6 7.0.8 5.6.14 5.5.12 5.3.6 5.2.5 php (7.2.0)
plasma-desktop (5.11.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.11.4)
postfix (3.2.4) 3.2.3 3.2.2 2.11.7 2.11.7 2.11.1 2.8.2 2.5devel postfix (3.2.4)
postgresql (10.1) 9.6.5 9.6.3 9.5.3 9.4.5 9.3.4 9.0.3 8.2.6 postgresql (10.1)
Python (3.6.3) 3.6.2 3.6.1 3.5.2 3.5.0 3.4.0 2.7.1 2.3.5 Python (3.6.3)
qt (5.10.0) 5.7.1 5.7.1 5.5.1 4.8.7 4.8.6 4.7.2 3.3.8 qt (5.10.0)
samba (4.7.3) 4.4.16 4.4.14 4.4.5 4.1.18 4.1.7 3.5.8 3.0.26a samba (4.7.3)
systemd (235) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (235)
thunderbird (52.5.0) 52.4.0 52.2.1 45.2.0 38.4.0 24.5.0 3.1.8 -- thunderbird (52.5.0)
vim (8.0) 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.2 7.1 vim (8.0)
vlc (2.2.8) 2.2.6 2.2.6 2.2.4 2.2.1 2.1.4 1.0.6 -- vlc (2.2.8)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.10.2 4.6.1 4.4.2 xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.19.5) 1.18.4 1.18.4 1.17.4 1.17.4 1.12.4 1.6.5 1.3.0.0 xorg-server (1.19.5)

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
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Version: 5.0.0
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-10-16
Votes: 0


I want to like Dragonfly.
I never learned how to use IRC and googling for problem fixes does not provide much. Just installed the newest version in VirtualBox, with the Xfce desktop, and it still has problems with my Logitech wireless mouse. Mouse works fine until I log into Xfce, then it freezes. Sometimes I can get a second mouse pointer, but the first one is still there frozen. Try changing USB and mouse settings. Try setting pointing device to (multi-touch-tablet) even if it is not.
Also the Control key will not release the mouse, I have to completely shut down Dragonfly to get
control of the mouse again.




Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 4.8.1
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-08-31
Votes: 3


Fantastic team on IRC, a very easy to use system with good performance and defaults, focus on x86_64 with no other arches dragging down development, a fantastic system all-round!
Lacks in some features such as having mandatory access control however, and the lack of binary upgrades stresses my older PCs.


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Version: 4.8.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-07-14
Votes: 7


Using it on my desktop machines, since FreeBSD does not (yet) support Broadwell/Skylake/Kabylake graphics. Fast and stable, think I will stay with it.


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