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Last Update: 2018-04-24 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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 • 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
 • 2016-09-18: Development Release: FreeBSD 11.0-RC3
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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 2018-04-24 2018-04-24 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 (1.1.6) 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 (1.1.6)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
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 (9.12.1) 9.12.1 9.12.1 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 (9.12.1)
chromium (66.0.3359.117) 65.0.3325.181 65.0.3325.181 59.0.3071.115 60.0.3112.101 35.0.1916.153 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (66.0.3359.117)
cups (2.2.7) 2.2.6 2.2.6 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 (2.2.7)
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 (1.44.1) 1.44.0 1.44.0 1.43.4 1.43.4 1.42.9 1.41.13 1.41.14 1.41.0 1.38 1.35 -- -- e2fsprogs (1.44.1)
firefox (59.0.2) 59.0.2 59.0.2 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 (59.0.2)
freetype (2.9) 2.9 2.9 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)
gcc (7.3.0) 6 6 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 (7.3.0)
gimp (2.8.22) 2.8.22 2.8.22 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 (2.8.22)
glibc (2.27) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- glibc (2.27)
gnome-shell (3.28.0) 3.18.5 3.18.5 3.18.5 3.18.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.28.0)
gnucash (3.0) 2.6.20 2.6.20 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 (3.0)
gnumeric (1.12.39) 1.12.28 1.12.28 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 (1.12.39)
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+ (3.22.30) 3.22.29 3.22.29 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+ (3.22.30)
httpd (2.4.33) 2.4.33 2.4.33 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 (2.4.33)
inkscape (0.92.3) 0.92.2 0.92.2 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 (18.04.0) 17.12.3 17.12.3 2.0.3 2.0.3 2.0.2 2.0.2 2.0.2 1.0.5 -- 0.11.17 -- -- k3b (18.04.0)
kmod (25) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (25)
krita (4.0.1) 3.3.3 3.3.3                     krita (4.0.1)
libreoffice (6.0.3) 6.0.3 6.0.3 5.3.4 5.3.4 4.1.5 -- -- 2.4.1 -- 1.1.3 -- -- libreoffice (6.0.3)
linux (4.16.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- linux (4.16.3)
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 (10.2.14) 10.1.32 10.2.14 10.2.6 10.2.6 5.5.35 5.2.4 5.2.4 -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.14)
mate-desktop (1.20.1) 1.20.1 1.20.1 1.12.1 1.12.1 1.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.20.1)
mesa (18.0.1) 18.0.1 18.0.1 17.1.4 17.1.4 10.1.0 7.9.1 7.9.1 -- -- -- 3.2 3.0 mesa (18.0.1)
mysql (8.0.11) 8.0.2 8.0.2 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 (8.0.11)
nautilus (3.28.1) 3.18.5 3.18.5 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 (3.28.1)
NVIDIA (390.48) 390.48 390.48 375.66 375.66 331.49 -- 270.18 -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (390.48)
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 (9.0.4) 8u162 8u162 8u131 8u131 7u51 7b122 7b122 -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (9.0.4)
openssh (7.7p1) 7.7p1 7.7p1 7.5p1 7.5p1 6.6p1 5.4p1 5.2p1 3.6p1 3.6p1 3.6p1 -- -- openssh (7.7p1)
openssl (1.1.0h) 1.0.2o 1.0.2o 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 (1.1.0h)
perl (5.26.2) 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 (5.26.2)
php (7.2.4) 7.2.4 7.2.4 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 (7.2.4)
plasma-desktop (5.12.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.12.4)
postfix (3.3.0) 3.3.0 3.3.0 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 (3.3.0)
postgresql (10.3) 9.6.8 9.6.8 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 (10.3)
Python (3.6.5) 3.6.5 3.6.5 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 (3.6.5)
qt (5.10.1) 5.9.4 5.9.4 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 (5.10.1)
samba (4.8.0) 4.8.0 4.8.0 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 (4.8.0)
systemd (238) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (238)
thunderbird (52.7.0) 52.7.0 52.7.0 52.2.1 52.3.0 24.4.0 3.1.7 3.1.7 2.0.0.16 1.5 1.0 -- -- thunderbird (52.7.0)
vim (8.0) 8.0 8.0 7.4 8.0 7.4 7.3 7.3 7.2 6.4 6.3 5.6 5.3 vim (8.0)
vlc (3.0.2) 2.2.8 2.2.8 2.2.6 2.2.6 2.1.2 1.1.7 1.1.7 0.8.6i 0.8.4a -- -- -- vlc (3.0.2)
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 (1.19.6) 1.18.4 1.18.4 1.18.4 1.18.4 1.7.7 1.7.5 1.7.5 1.4.2 (6.9.0) -- -- -- xorg-server (1.19.6)

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Version: 11.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-03-21
Votes: 0


FreeBSD is an awesome OS I ever seen. Stable, pure, fast, configurable. You can made all you want with FreeBSD - debian-like binary-based OS or highly customized hand-made from scratch like Gentoo. Drivers support is not so active as linux, but it have drivers for all popular hardware. Friendly community and awesome handbook.

I use it for servers and desktop, and it works very well. Software works like a charm, updates are smooth with no problems (for a 10 years I see no one problem with updates, source/binary - no difference). So I think everyone should try this distro.


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Version: 11.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-01-11
Votes: 27


Pros:
+ Clean and Tidy
+ Fast
+ Reliable
+ Great and friendly community
+ Best documentation you will ever find in any OS
+ Booting from NVMe just works. Unlike Linux where it is a pita

Cons:
- People who complain that there is bad driver support but forget that FreeBSD (like Linux) is a community effort and that no driver gets written by complaining but by actually writing one.

It's my daily driver on the server and my notebook (currently Lenovo P50) for years now (at least since 7.0). If you want to use it, it is the same as it has been for Linux for a very long time: Get good hardware and not the cheap no-name stuff and you are golden. Sometimes I install a Linux to try out stuff and I find out fairly quick that it has enough of its own problems that people just don't see anymore because they are accustomed to them already.

One last thing: Don't just use an Open Source OS, contribute to it in any form and if it is just correcting spelling mistakes in the documentation. You can also contribute by giving to the FreeBSD Foundation

"If 386BSD had been available when I started on Linux, Linux would probably never had happened." - Linus Torwalds


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Version: 12-CURRENT
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-12-28
Votes: 8


I'm not quite sure what's all this talk of FreeBSD not being suitable for desktop use. Been using it with XFCE for quite some time and everything works just dandy. No hardware problems at all.

What an amazing OS with glorious history behind it.


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