Bsd updating ports collection

13 Dec

Two major branches see releases in parallel, and major branches tend to live for two years (four minor versions) after their x.0 release.Free BSD 11.x is currently the newest release branch with 10.x in maintenance mode and major development happening on 12.x.The latest Go release, version 1.8, arrives six months after Go 1.7.Most of its changes are in the implementation of the toolchain, runtime, and libraries.Unlike Linux where everything including the kernel is a package, Free BSD is developed in a single source tree and released on a set schedule – twice a year – as a complete operating system on top of which you can install third-party software.The Release Engineering page tracks the release history and schedule.On 25 July 2007, Open BSD developer Bob Beck announced the formation of the Open BSD Foundation, a Canadian non-profit organization formed to "act as a single point of contact for persons and organizations requiring a legal entity to deal with when they wish to support Open BSD." Just how widely Open BSD is used is hard to determine as its developers do not publish or collect usage statistics.In September 2005, the BSD Certification Group performed a usage survey which revealed that 32.8% of BSD users (1420 of 4330 respondents) were using Open BSD, intrusion-detection systems, and VPN gateways.

The release adds support for 32-bit MIPS, updates the compiler back end to generate more efficient code, reduces GC pauses by eliminating stop-the-world stack rescanning, adds HTTP/2 Push support, adds HTTP graceful shutdown, adds more context support, enables profiling mutexes, and simplifies sorting slices.

Though famed for its uptime in the datacenter the same OS is just as suited to desktop or laptop computing with a little work. Maybe I’m just getting old, but it’s nice to use an operating system that didn’t spawn a billion-dollar anti-malware industry through frequent security failings, where you can choose the interface you like and reasonably expect it to stay that way instead of being forced into the design fad du jour, where you don’t have to argue about the init system being replaced two times in the same decade, and whose key organizations don’t collectively kowtow to Microsoft when convenient.

I’ve used many operating systems and have yet to find one more consistent and cohesive yet as well-supported as the BSD family, and Free BSD is the one with the biggest community and most available drivers for things like graphics cards.

If you run into any problems installing and/or using Mac Ports we also have many options to help you, depending on how you wish to get get in touch with us.

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