FreeBSD Update updates

In the recent FreeBSD 6.2 release announcement, the FreeBSD release engineering team was kind enough to link to my earlier post about using FreeBSD Update to upgrade between FreeBSD releases. At last count based on my server logs, about 350 systems have been upgraded using FreeBSD Update over the course of five days, compared to about 500 upgrades using my earlier FreeBSD 6.0 to FreeBSD 6.1 upgrade script (over about seven months).

The increased testing has uncovered a few points which should be noted:

Finally, some news from a week ago which I forgot to post: Thanks to a new buildbox, FreeBSD Update is now supported on the AMD64 architecture, at least for systems running the FreeBSD Update client in the FreeBSD 6.2 base system. Considering the statistics on FreeBSD architecture usage from the bittorrent tracker -- of the FreeBSD 6.2 ISOs downloaded, 83% were i386, 13% were amd64, and the other platforms (alpha, ia64, pc98, and sparc64) totalled 4% of the downloads -- I doubt that the Security Team will be building updates for other architectures any time soon; but if there is enough demand and hardware can be found, it's certainly possible.

Posted at 2007-01-20 05:00 | Permanent link | Comments
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