Production readiness and upgrading from FreeBSD 4.11
jeff.duffy at alanne.com
Sat Apr 23 00:58:03 PDT 2005
While I'm sure it's a familiar story, my company has relied on FreeBSD
for quite a long time, and we have a large number of servers running
FreeBSD 4.11-RELEASE-p3. The direction the 5.x branch has taken doesn't
suit us, so DragonFly is the likely upgrade path. I have read all the
documentation I can find on the site, and I'd like to ask for some help
with the following questions:
1. The most important question is when will the DragonFly team consider
the OS 'production quality'? This may be now, but I've read Matt
Dillon's various quotes and interviews with interest, and he's said on
a few occasions that companies may want to wait a bit before
converting. We're feeling the end of support for the 4.x tree closing
in, and we need to make a decision soon about what to do about it.
2. The "Upgrading from FreeBSD 4" document references 4.9 as the most
recent version. Obviously quite a few things have changed in the
meantime, so is 'make upgrade' still a viable upgrade path? That
DragonFly has made easy upgrades from FreeBSD 4.x a priority warms my
3. We run jdk-1.4.2p6_7 compiled from ports. Is there any reason to
think this won't easily transfer to DragonFly? We have created our own
package, and rely heavily for the near future on Java and Tomcat until
our Python port is complete.
Obviously we'll be running internal tests, but if there's anything it
would help to know I'd appreciate it.
Thanks for your help.
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