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Date:      Sat, 24 Nov 2012 20:05:32 -0700
From:      Eric S Pulley <>
To:        FreeBSD Mailing List <>
Subject:   Re: Is FreeBSD 9 Production Ready?
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--On November 24, 2012 10:38:35 AM -0600 Tim Daneliuk 
<> wrote:

> I am currently running FBSD 8.3-STABLE on a production server that
> provides http, dns, smtp, and so on for a small domain.  This is not
> a high arrival rate environment but it does need to be rock solid (which
> FBSD 4-8 have been).
> I am contemplating moving to the FBSD 9 family.  Is this branch ready
> for production or should I wait a while yet?  I ordinarily avoid x.0
> releases of anything and I know 9.1 is soon going to be with us.
> In a related note, if I do move to 9.x is it sufficient to grab the
> appropriate source tree and compile world and kernels, install and
> reboot?  That is, it is reasonable to do an in-place upgrade.  This
> is how I migrated 4->6, 6->7, and 7->8 and I am hoping this is till
> the case since a complete reinstall is painful and slow.

I upgraded to 9 on a server that is basically doing what yours is. I used 
freebsd-update and it did all the right things no problems. Been running on 
9 without any issues pretty much since it came out. However, the only thing 
remotely fancy I'm doing is running root ZFS and link aggregation on my 

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