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Date:      Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:34:38 -0500
From:      "William A. Mahaffey III" <wam@hiwaay.net>
Cc:        "FreeBSD Questions !!!!" <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Re: Noob question ....
Message-ID:  <543FBB5E.5050904@hiwaay.net>
In-Reply-To: <543F72C7.6040401@qeng-ho.org>
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On 10/16/14 02:24, Arthur Chance wrote:
> On 16/10/2014 00:50, William A. Mahaffey III wrote:
>> On 10/15/14 18:36, Polytropon wrote:
>>> On Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:32:45 -0500, William A. Mahaffey III wrote:
>>>>
>>>> As a card-carrying noob to FreeBSD, I have a question .... Recent 
>>>> posts
>>>> have referred to version 9.3-STABLE of FreeBSD .... My uname output
>>>> appears below, obviously labeled RELEASE, not STABLE .... How do I
>>>> 'upgrade' from 9.3-RELEASE to 9.3-STABLE ?
>>> By checking out the required source and rebuilding your
>>> kernel and operating system.
>>>
>>> https://www.freebsd.org/doc/handbook/current-stable.html
>>>
>>> https://www.freebsd.org/doc/handbook/synching.html
>>>
>>> https://www.freebsd.org/doc/handbook/makeworld.html
>>>
>>> Also see the comment header of /usr/src/Makefile which
>>> provides a short description of the targets and the
>>> updating procedure.
>>>
>>> However, you can use freebsd-update to binarily track
>>> security changes for the -RELEASE branch, keeping your
>>> system current. Note that -STABLE is a development branch,
>>> and even though it's stable, there _might_ be problems
>>> with it. The most experimental branch is -CURRENT or -HEAD
>>> from which -STABLE is "distilled", and from that, -RELEASE
>>> is usually being created.
>>
>>
>> *Aaaaaaaaack* !!!! That clarifies an important misunderstanding for me
>> .... I thought STABLE would be more/most stable, maybe a refinement on
>> RELEASE .... Thx for the clarification.
>
> Think of "stable" as in "doctors said his condition was stable". :-)
>
> -CURRENT == will break regularly.
>
> -STABLE == shouldn't break but might occasionally.
>
> -RELEASE == won't break (if your hardware is OK and you don't do 
> something stupid).
>
>
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Thx, good description, I think I have it straight now :-) ....


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