I want to get a Unix-like OS onto my main PC. To avoid making a rash decision,
I've been playing with various Linux and BSD distributions on an old P133 box.
After trying out a few Linux distros, and venturing into OpenBSD, I think I'm
happy with FreeBSD.
On the test box, I installed FreeBSD 4.3-RELEASE via FTP. I just had to make
two boot discs, and the rest came over my high-speed Internet connection! :-)
After doing some more reading, it seems that perhaps I should use 'STABLE'.
The FreeBSD.org docs suggest using CTM/CVS to grab the 'STABLE' sources, and
it seems that you have to re-compile things to 'upgrade'.
I'm left wondering...
1. Is there a way to grab 'STABLE' binaries, and install them?
2. Could I have somehow installed 'STABLE' instead of '4.3-RELEASE' in the
I'm not sure if 'STABLE' actually has any binaries... is it just source?
What do people here do?
I was kind of thinking/hoping that you could set up a simple script (and
possible automate it with cron) to grab and install 'STABLE' updates, a
bit like you can with Debian. Is this not possible?