At a glance
Publisher
Open
Web
Status
Available, supported
Introduced
1993
Latest
10.0
Design
Multitasking
Type
Workstation, Server
 
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Summary FreeBSD is a Unix based OS that available as open source (free) in source code form. It offers networking, performance and security for both the workstation, Internet and Internet servers. It is a strong challenger to Linux, with many users considering it to have superior stability and ease of installation.

FreeBSD has the most ports and packages over OpenBSD and NetBSD, but with less security than OpenBSD and less processor platform support than NetBSD.
News 14-Jan-2014 Free BSD 10.0 Released
17-Jan-2013 Free BSD 9.1 Released
24-Aug-2010 FreeBSD 8.1 Release Announcment
25-Nov-2009 FreeBSD 8.0 Release Announcement
4-May-2009 FreeBSD 7.2 Release Announcement
7-Jan-2009 FreeBSD 7.1 Release Announcement
27-Feb-2008 FreeBSD 7.0 Release Announcement
18-Jan-2008 FreeBSD 6.3-Release Announcement
15-Jan-2007 FreeBSD v6.2 Release announcement
8-May-2006 Free BSD v6.1 released
4-Nov-2005 Free BSD v6.0 released
6-Nov-2004 FreeBSD v5.3 released
25-Feb-2004 FreeBSD v5.2.1 released
9-Jun-2003 FreeBSD v5.1 released
19-Jan-2003 FreeBSD v5.0 released
29-Jan-2002 FreeBSD v4.5 released
20-Sep-2001FreeBSD v4.3 released
20-Apr-2001 FreeBSD v4.3 released
21-Nov-2000 Free BSD v4.2 released
27-Sep-2000 Free BSD v4.1.1 released
27-Jul-2000 FreeBSD v4.1 released
Requirements
Product FreeBSD
Processor 486 or better
RAM 5 MB or more
Drive space 60 MB or more
Drives Runs from hard disk
Video Monochrome or VGA (VGA or better for GUI desktop)
File systems BSD NFS, ZFD (with FreeBSD 7+)
Compatibility BSD Programs
Programs built for Linux, SCO,DOS, NetBSD and BSDI with compatibility modules
Interface Text-based, graphics when using GUI desktop
Installation Install in any primary partition (will not install to a DOS type extended partition). Supports installation past 8 GB.
Variants Workstation
Server
Versions 1.0 Dec-1993
2.0 Nov-1994
3.0 Oct-1998
4.0 Mar-2000
4.1 Jul-2000
4.1.1 Sep-2000
4.2 21-Nov-2000
4.3 20-Apr-2001
4.4 20-Sep-2001
4.5 29-Jan-2002
4.6 Jun-2002
4.7 Oct-2002
5.0 Jan-2003
5.1 Jun-2003
5.2 Feb-2004
5.3 Nov-2004
6.0 Nov-2005
6.1 May-2006
6.2 Jan-2007
6.3 Jan-2008
7.0 Feb-2008
7.1 Jan-2009
7.2 May-2009
8.0 Nov-2009
8.1 Aug-2010
8.2 Feb-2011
9.1 Jan-2013
10.0 Jan-2014
Downloads Download FreeBSD FTP Select the latest release from this ftp folder
Links FreeBSD
Support
User Groups
Documentation
Hardware Compatibility v7.0
Developers
Books Unix Categories: All - FreeBSD

Top titles
Publisher Open Source
CD is available for purchase from FreeBSD Mall or Daemonnews
Support Paid and volunteer support available
Alternatives Linux, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Solaris
Secrets BSD stands for "Berkeley Software Distribution" the name chosen by Berkeley Computer Systems Research Group when the UNIX was first distributed.
Pricing Free (Open Source)
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