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FreeBSD

Last Update: 2018-10-20 08:20 UTC


FreeBSD is a UNIX-like operating system for the i386, amd64, IA-64, arm, MIPS, powerpc, ppc64, PC-98 and UltraSPARC platforms based on U.C. Berkeley's "4.4BSD-Lite" release, with some "4.4BSD-Lite2" enhancements. It is also based indirectly on William Jolitz's port of U.C. Berkeley's "Net/2" to the i386, known as "386BSD", though very little of the 386BSD code remains. FreeBSD is used by companies, Internet Service Providers, researchers, computer professionals, students and home users all over the world in their work, education and recreation. FreeBSD comes with over 20,000 packages (pre-compiled software that is bundled for easy installation), covering a wide range of areas: from server software, databases and web servers, to desktop software, games, web browsers and business software - all free and easy to install.

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FreeBSD Summary
Distribution FreeBSD
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2018-06-27: BSD Release: FreeBSD 11.2
 • 2017-10-03: BSD Release: FreeBSD 10.4
 • 2017-09-24: Development Release: FreeBSD 10.4-RC2
 • 2017-09-17: Development Release: FreeBSD 10.4-RC1
 • 2017-07-26: BSD Release: FreeBSD 11.1
 • 2017-07-15: Development Release: FreeBSD 11.1-RC3
 • 2017-07-09: Development Release: FreeBSD 11.1-RC2
 • 2017-07-01: Development Release: FreeBSD 11.1-RC1
 • 2017-06-24: Development Release: FreeBSD 11.1-BETA3
 • 2017-06-17: Development Release: FreeBSD 11.1-BETA2
 • 2017-06-10: Development Release: FreeBSD 11.1-BETA1
 • 2016-10-10: BSD Release: FreeBSD 11.0
 • More FreeBSD releases...

  Headlines:
 •2018-09-05 FreeBSD 11.1 reaching its end of life
 •2018-06-19 FreeBSD turns 25
 •2018-04-01 FreeBSD 10.3 reaching EoL
 •2017-12-22 Enabling Wayland on FreeBSD
 •2017-10-17 WPA2 security issue and workaround
 •2017-09-27 Quarterly Status Report
 •2017-05-15 FreeBSD status report
 •2017-02-14 FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report
 •2017-01-01 FreeBSD EoL notices
 •2016-12-22 FreeBSD porting Wayland
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Feature 12-CURRENT 11-STABLE 11.1 10.4 9.3 8.2 7.4 6.4 5.5 4.11 3.5 2.2.8 Feature
Release Date 2018-10-20 2018-10-20 2017-07-26 2017-10-03 2014-07-15 2013-06-09 2011-02-24 2008-11-28 2006-05-25 2005-01-25 2000-06-24 1998-11-29 Release Date
End Of Life     2021-09 2018-10 2016-12 2015-08             End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB)     299-3193 256-2899 170-1718               Image Size (MB)
Free Download Ports Ports ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Installation
Default Desktop                         Default Desktop
Package Management TXZ TXZ TXZ TXZ TXZ TXZ TBZ TBZ TBZ TGZ TGZ TGZ Package Management
Release Model Rolling Semi Fixed Fixed Fixed 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, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture aarch64, amd64, armv6, i386, powerpc, powerpc64, sparc64 aarch64, amd64, armv6, i386, powerpc, powerpc64, sparc64 aarch64, amd64, armv6, i386, powerpc, powerpc64, sparc64 amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64, sparc64 amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64, sparc64 amd64, arm, armel, i386, ia64, mips, mipsel, pc98, powerpc, sparc64, xbox amd64, arm, armel, i386, ia64, mips, mipsel, pc98, powerpc, sparc64, xbox alpha, amd64, i386, ia64, pc98, powerpc, sparc64, xbox alpha, amd64, i386, ia64, pc98, powerpc, sparc64 alpha, i386 alpha, i386 alpha, i386 Processor Architecture
Init Software RC RC RC RC RC RC RC RC RC RC RC RC Init Software
Journaled File Systems UFS2 SU+J UFS2 + gjournal UFS2 + gjournal UFS2 + gjournal UFS2 + gjournal UFS2 + gjournal UFS2 + gjournal           Journaled File Systems
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Multilingual
Asian Language Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes arabic, cn, jp, kr, tw arabic, cn, jp, kr, tw arabic, cn, jp, kr, tw arabic, cn, jp, kr, tw arabic, cn, jp, kr, tw arabic, cn, jp, kr, tw Asian Language Support
Full Package List 12-current 11-stable 11.1 10.4 9.3 8.2 7.4 6.4 5.5 4.11 3.5 2.2.8 Full Package List
Package 12-CURRENT 11-STABLE 11.1 10.4 9.3 8.2 7.4 6.4 5.5 4.11 3.5 2.2.8 Package
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.1 3.0.1 3.0.1 3.0.1 2.8.6 2.8.4 2.8.4 2.6.3 2.4.2 2.2.1 -- -- abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.7) 1.1.2 1.1.2 1.1.2 1.1.2 1.0.27.2 1.0.23 1.0.23 1.0.10 -- -- -- -- alsa-lib (1.1.7)
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (18.30)
bash (4.4.18) 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.1 4.1 3.2 3.1 3.0 2.04 2.02.1 bash (4.4.18)
bind (9.13.3) 9.13.3 9.13.3 9.10.5-P3 9.11.2 9.9.5 9.7.2-P3 9.7.2 9.5.0 9.3.2 9.3.0 -- 8.1.2 bind (9.13.3)
chromium (70.0.3538.67) 68.0.3440.106 68.0.3440.106 59.0.3071.115 60.0.3112.101 35.0.1916.153 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (70.0.3538.67)
cups (2.2.8) 2.2.8 2.2.8 2.2.3 2.2.3 1.7.1 1.4.5 1.4.6 1.3.9 1.1.23 1.1.22 -- -- cups (2.2.8)
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.3.5 4.3.5 4.3.0 4.1.2 4.1.2 3.0.5 3.0.3 3.0.1rc14 2.0 1.0.2 dhcp (4.4.1)
e2fsprogs (1.44.4) 1.44.4 1.44.4 1.43.4 1.43.4 1.42.9 1.41.13 1.41.14 1.41.0 1.38 1.35 -- -- e2fsprogs (1.44.4)
firefox (62.0.3) 62.0.3 62.0.3 54.0.1 55.0.3 28.0.1 3.6.13 3.6.13 3.0.4 1.5.0.1 1.0 -- -- firefox (62.0.3)
freetype (2.9.1) 2.9.1 2.9.1 2.8 2.8 2.5.3 2.4.4 2.4.4 2.3.7 2.1.10 2.1.7 1.3.1 1.1 freetype (2.9.1)
gcc (8.2.0) 7 7 5.4.0 5.4.0 4.7.3 4.3.4 4.6.0 3.4.6 3.3.6 3.2.3 -- 2.8.1 gcc (8.2.0)
gimp (2.10.6) 2.10.6 2.10.6 2.8.22 2.8.22 2.8.10 2.6.11 2.6.11 2.4.7 2.2.10 2.2.1 -- 1.0.2 gimp (2.10.6)
glibc (2.28) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- glibc (2.28)
gnome-shell (3.30.1) 3.28.2 3.28.2 3.18.5 3.18.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.30.1)
gnucash (3.3) 3.3 3.3 2.6.16 2.6.17 2.6.2 2.2.9 2.2.9 2.2.6 -- 1.8.9 -- 1.0.17 gnucash (3.3)
gnumeric (1.12.43) 1.12.43 1.12.43 1.12.28 1.12.28 1.12.11 1.10.12 1.10.12 1.8.3 1.6.2 1.4.1 -- 0.3 gnumeric (1.12.43)
grub (2.02) 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 1.98 1.98 -- 0.97 0.95 -- -- grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.24.1) 3.22.30 3.22.30 3.22.15 3.22.15 3.8.8 2.22.1 2.22.1 2.12.11 2.8.11 2.4.14 1.2.8 1.0.6 gtk+ (3.24.1)
httpd (2.4.35) 2.4.35 2.4.35 2.4.26 2.4.27 2.4.9 2.2.17 2.2.17 2.2.9 2.2.0 2.0.52 -- -- httpd (2.4.35)
inkscape (0.92.3) 0.92.3 0.92.3 0.92.1 0.92.1 0.48.4 0.48.0 0.48.0 0.46 0.43 0.38.1 -- -- inkscape (0.92.3)
k3b (18.08.2) 18.08.2 18.08.2 2.0.3 2.0.3 2.0.2 2.0.2 2.0.2 1.0.5 -- 0.11.17 -- -- k3b (18.08.2)
kmod (25) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (25)
krita (4.1.5) -- 4.1.3                     krita (4.1.5)
libreoffice (6.1.2) 6.0.5 6.0.5 5.3.4 5.3.4 4.1.5 -- -- 2.4.1 -- 1.1.3 -- -- libreoffice (6.1.2)
linux (4.18.16) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- linux (4.18.16)
Package 12-CURRENT 11-STABLE 11.1 10.4 9.3 8.2 7.4 6.4 5.5 4.11 3.5 2.2.8 Package
lxpanel (0.9.3) 0.9.3 0.9.3 0.99.2 0.99.2 0.5.5 0.5.0 0.5.0 -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.9.3)
mariadb (10.3.10) 10.3.8 10.3.8 10.2.6 10.2.6 5.5.35 5.2.4 5.2.4 -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.3.10)
mate-desktop (1.20.3) 1.20.3 1.20.3 1.12.1 1.12.1 1.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.20.3)
mesa (18.2.3) 18.1.9 18.1.9 17.1.4 17.1.4 10.1.0 7.9.1 7.9.1 -- -- -- 3.2 3.0 mesa (18.2.3)
mysql (8.0.12) 8.0.12 8.0.12 5.7.18 5.7.19 5.6.17 5.1.55 5.5.9 5.0.67 5.0.18 4.1.7 3.22.32 3.22.10b mysql (8.0.12)
nautilus (3.30.2) 3.28.1 3.28.1 3.18.5 3.18.5 2.32.2.1 2.32.2.1 2.32.2.1 2.22.5.1 2.12.2 2.8.2 -- -- nautilus (3.30.2)
NVIDIA (410.66) 390.87 390.87 375.66 375.66 331.49 -- 270.18 -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (410.66)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.5.2 3.4.11.2 3.4.11.2 3.4.7.2 3.2 3.2 -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (10.0.2) 8u181 8u181 8u131 8u131 7u51 7b122 7b122 -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (10.0.2)
openssh (7.9p1) -- 7.7p1 7.5p1 7.5p1 6.6p1 5.4p1 5.2p1 3.6p1 3.6p1 3.6p1 -- -- openssh (7.9p1)
openssl (1.1.1) 1.0.2p 1.0.2p 1.0.2l 1.0.2l 1.0.1 1.0.0 1.0.0d 0.9.8h 0.9.8a 0.9.7e -- -- openssl (1.1.1)
perl (5.28.0) 5.26.2 5.26.2 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.16.3 5.12.3 5.12.3 5.8.8 5.8.8 5.8.5 -- 5.005.02 perl (5.28.0)
php (7.2.11) 7.3.0.r3 7.3.0.r3 7.1.7 7.1.8 5.5.10 5.3.5 5.3.5 5.2.6 5.1.2 5.0.3 -- -- php (7.2.11)
plasma-desktop (5.14.1) 5.12.5 5.12.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.14.1)
postfix (3.3.1) 3.3.1 3.3.1 3.2.2 3.2.2 2.11.0 2.8.0 2.8.0 2.5.4 2.2.9 2.1.5 -- -- postfix (3.3.1)
postgresql (11.0) 9.6.10 9.6.10 9.6.3 9.6.4 8.4.21 9.0.3 9.0.3 8.3.3 8.1.3 7.4.6 -- -- postgresql (11.0)
Python (3.7.0) 3.7.0 3.7.0 3.6.1 3.6.1 2.7.6 2.6.6 3.1.3 2.5.2 2.4.2 2.4 1.5.2 1.5.1 Python (3.7.0)
qt (5.11.2) 5.11.2 5.11.2 5.5.1 5.7.1 4.8.5 4.7.1 4.7.1 3.3.8 3.3.5 3.3.3 1.45 1.41 qt (5.11.2)
samba (4.9.1) 4.8.5 4.8.5 4.6.4 4.6.6 4.1.6 3.5.6 3.5.6 3.0.32 3.0.21b 3.0.10 -- 1.9.18.10 samba (4.9.1)
systemd (239) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (239)
thunderbird (60.2.1) 60.2.1 60.2.1 52.2.1 52.3.0 24.4.0 3.1.7 3.1.7 2.0.0.16 1.5 1.0 -- -- thunderbird (60.2.1)
vim (8.1) 8.1 8.1 7.4 8.0 7.4 7.3 7.3 7.2 6.4 6.3 5.6 5.3 vim (8.1)
vlc (3.0.4) 2.2.8_13 2.2.8_13 2.2.6 2.2.6 2.1.2 1.1.7 1.1.7 0.8.6i 0.8.4a -- -- -- vlc (3.0.4)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.4 4.12.4 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.10.2 4.6.2 4.6.2 4.4.2 4.2.3.2 4.0.6 -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.20.2) 1.18.4_10 1.18.4_10 1.18.4 1.18.4 1.7.7 1.7.5 1.7.5 1.4.2 (6.9.0) -- -- -- xorg-server (1.20.2)

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Version: 11-STABLE
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-10-18
Votes: 1


First time using it and i love it, easy to install..if you know a little about linux.
Overall seems well documented and pretty stable i will try on old laptop next time.


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Version: 11.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-10-13
Votes: 0


Stable as server.
I use it as ftp and samba server.


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Version: 11-STABLE
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-10-08
Votes: 4


I tested FreeBSD 11.2 at VirtualBox. It works quite well with some very minor problem like: pkg guest additions version was not available for 11.2, it worked, but vboxservice failed to load. I tested xfce, gnome3, mate, lxde and kde5. Kde5 had some problems with screen resolution.

Finally, I decided to install FreeBSD on new, but hdd (not ssd). I unplugged my main ssd drive with linux and installed it on hdd. After installation I plugin my main ssd drive and freebsd did not boot, because the root partition changed from ada0s1a to ada1s1a -> repaired in a few minutes (just specify new root partition during boot and edit fstab).

X works very well. I installed nvidia-driver from pkg. Moreover nvidia-xconfig and nvidia-settings. The freebsd documentation is incomplete for nvidia (I found the working settinfs in rc.conf, not in loader.conf). nvidia-xconfig was used to generate xorg.conf. Kde5 started without problems with native resolution.

My goal is to use FreeBSD as desktop system. My hardware is quite new Ryzen 5 CPU, GTX1050 and I have not observed any hardware compatibility issues. 9/10 because some minor lacks in documentation.


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