DragonFly users List (threaded) for 2004-12
Re: FreeBSD 5.3 or DragonFly?
:If a new user of BSD is trying to decide between installing FreeBSD 5.3, the
:current version, or DragonFly, what advantages does DragonFly offer?
:Hopefully someone can refer me to a document that has already been written,
:since I imagine that a comparison would take up a great deal of space.
:Robert T. Kopp
For a new user or an existing 4.x user I would recommend DragonFly
over FreeBSD-5.x, but with the caveat that ports are more likely to
compile and install cleanly running FreeBSD-5.x verses DragonFly
because we have not shifted our focused to the ports/packages system
yet. That said, most ports are available using pkg_add -r and do not
need to be compiled from scratch, however.
For someone who has already invested time and effort in 5.x or 6.x
switching to DragonFly is more of a chore because we are binary
compatible only with FreeBSD-4.x, not 5.x or 6.x, but I would still
recommend switching to DragonFly sometime in the next year (especially
once we get the ports/packages stuff sorted out and a few more
infrastructure features in-place).
Now, of course, I am biased. This is a DragonFly group after all!