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Why FreeBSD 8 Won't Rewrite the Book

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A major release of an operating system typically brings significant changes that require users to learn new skills. But backers of the open source FreeBSD 8 operating system say that's not necessarily going to be the case with its next major version.

FreeBSD 8 is currently in its beta release cycle with a final release targeted for August. The new release will be the first major release since FreeBSD 7 in February 2008, with the most recent point update being the 7.2 release in May of this year.

While the jump to 8.0 might seem a big step, FreeBSD contributor and Absolute FreeBSD author pointed out that most users have little to worry about.

"FreeBSD has a two-tier development process," Lucas told InternetNews.com. "This two-tear method lets our users be very conservative, using only well-tested and widely deployed code, while we can further improve the code and add new features."

"The newest version of FreeBSD, including the changes that were made just minutes ago, is called FreeBSD-current," he explained. "Any new features go into FreeBSD-current for community testing and further development. Every so often, we cut a major release from FreeBSD-current. This is a .0 release, such as 8.0."

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