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DragonFly BSD

Last Update: 2018-06-18 14:13 UTC


DragonFly is an operating system and environment designed to be the logical continuation of the FreeBSD-4.x OS series. These operating systems belong in the same class as Linux in that they are based on UNIX ideals and APIs. DragonFly is a fork in the path, so to speak, giving the BSD base an opportunity to grow in an entirely new direction from the one taken in the FreeBSD-5 series.

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Average visitor rating: 9.43/10 from 14 review(s).


DragonFly Summary
Distribution DragonFly BSD
Home Page http://www.dragonflybsd.org/
Mailing Lists http://www.dragonflybsd.org/mailinglists/
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Documentation http://www.dragonflybsd.org/docs/documentation/
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Bug Tracker http://bugs.dragonflybsd.org/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2018-04-10: BSD Release: DragonFlyBSD 5.2.0
 • 2017-10-16: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 5.0.0
 • 2017-08-02: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 4.8.1
 • 2017-03-27: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 4.8.0
 • 2016-08-02: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 4.6.0
 • 2015-12-07: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 4.4.1
 • 2015-06-29: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 4.2.0
 • 2014-11-26: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 4.0.1
 • 2014-06-05: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 3.8.0
 • 2013-11-25: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 3.6.0
 • 2013-04-30: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 3.4.1
 • 2012-11-03: BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 3.2.1
 • More DragonFly releases...

  Headlines:
 •2018-01-18 DragonFly drops legacy remote tools
 •2017-10-28 HAMMER tools coming to Linux
 •2017-09-12 HAMMER2 in the installer
 •2017-09-06 Cross-platform ports with Ravenports
 •2017-08-21 HAMMER2 file system coming soon
 •2017-07-12 Installing DragonFly BSD with Orca
 •2017-02-15 Video driver changes coming to DragonFlyBSD
 •2017-01-18 DragonFlyBSD and UEFI
 •2017-01-04 DragonFly to support 32TB of swap
 •2016-09-26 DragonFly BSD supports LibreSSL in dports
 • More DragonFly headlines...

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Feature 5.2.2 4.8.1 4.6.0 4.4.1 3.8 2.10 1.12 Feature
Release Date 2018-06-18 2017-08-02 2016-08-02 2015-12-07 2014-06-05 2011-04-26 2008-02-27 Release Date
End Of Life               End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 250-275 205-205           Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Installation
Default Desktop FVWM FVWM FVWM FVWM FVWM FVWM   Default Desktop
Package Management DPorts DPorts DPorts DPorts DPorts TGZ TGZ Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice Office Suite
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i386 Processor Architecture
Init Software RC RC RC RC RC RC RC Init Software
Journaled File Systems HAMMER HAMMER HAMMER HAMMER HAMMER HAMMER N/A Journaled File Systems
Multilingual -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 5.2.2 4.8.1 4.6.0 4.4.1 3.8 2.10 1.12 Full Package List
Package 5.2.2 4.8.1 4.6.0 4.4.1 3.8 2.10 1.12 Package
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.1 3.0.1 3.0.1 3.0.1 2.8.6 2.8.6 2.4.6 abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.6) 1.1.2 1.1.2 1.1.1 1.1.0 1.0.27.2 1.0.22 -- alsa-lib (1.1.6)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4.18) 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.3.18 4.2 3.2 bash (4.4.18)
bind (9.13.2) -- -- 9.10.4-P1 9.10.3 9.10.0-P1 9.8.0 9.3.4-P1 bind (9.13.2)
chromium (68.0.3440.106) 60.0.3112.116 55.0.2883.87 51.0.2704.106 46.0.2490.86 -- -- -- chromium (68.0.3440.106)
cups (2.2.8) 2.2.7 2.2.3 2.1.4 2.0.3 1.7.2 1.4.6 1.2.12 cups (2.2.8)
dhcp (4.4.1) 1.3.0 4.3.5 4.3.4 4.3.3 4.3.0 4.1.1-P1 4.0.0 dhcp (4.4.1)
e2fsprogs (1.44.3) 1.44.2 1.43.4 1.43.1 1.42.12 1.42.10 1.41.12 -- e2fsprogs (1.44.3)
firefox (61.0.2) 60.0.1 54.0.1 47.0.1 42.0 29.0 3.6.15 2.0.0.11 firefox (61.0.2)
freetype (2.9.1) 1.3.1 2.8 2.6.3 2.6 2.5.3 2.4.4 2.3.5 freetype (2.9.1)
gcc (8.2.0) 6 5.4.0 4.8.5 4.8.5 4.7.3 4.4.5 4.1.2 gcc (8.2.0)
gimp (2.10.4) 2.8.22 2.8.22 2.8.16 2.8.16 2.8.10 2.6.11 2.4.3 gimp (2.10.4)
glibc (2.28) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- glibc (2.28)
gnome-shell (3.28.3) 3.18.5 3.18.5 3.18.4 3.16.3 -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.28.3)
gnucash (3.2) 3.1 2.6.15 2.6.13 2.6.9 2.6.3 -- 2.2.1 gnucash (3.2)
gnumeric (1.12.42) 1.12.28 1.12.28 1.12.28 1.12.24 1.12.11 1.10.13 1.6.3 gnumeric (1.12.42)
grub (2.02) -- -- -- -- -- 0.97 0.97 grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.30) 2.24.32 3.22.15 3.18.8 3.16.6 3.8.8 2.20.1 2.12.3 gtk+ (3.22.30)
httpd (2.4.34) 2.4.33 2.4.27 2.4.23 2.4.17 2.4.9 2.2.17 2.2.8 httpd (2.4.34)
inkscape (0.92.3) 0.92.2 0.92.1 0.91 0.91 0.48.4 0.48.1 -- inkscape (0.92.3)
k3b (18.08.0) 2.0.3 2.0.3 2.0.3 2.0.3 2.0.2 1.0.5 -- k3b (18.08.0)
kmod (25) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (25)
krita (4.1.1) 3.3.3             krita (4.1.1)
libreoffice (6.1.0) 6.0.4 5.3.4 5.0.6 5.0.3 4.1.6 -- -- libreoffice (6.1.0)
linux (4.18.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- linux (4.18.2)
Package 5.2.2 4.8.1 4.6.0 4.4.1 3.8 2.10 1.12 Package
lxpanel (0.9.3) 0.9.3 0.99.2 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5 -- -- lxpanel (0.9.3)
mariadb (10.3.9) 10.1.28 10.1.24 10.0.26 10.0.22 5.5.35 -- -- mariadb (10.3.9)
mate-desktop (1.20.3) 1.20.0 1.12.0 1.12.1 1.10.2 1.6.1 -- -- mate-desktop (1.20.3)
mesa (18.1.6) 8.4.0 17.1.4 11.2.2 10.6.9 9.1.7 7.4.4 6.4.2 mesa (18.1.6)
mysql (8.0.12) 5.7.19 5.7.18 5.7.13 5.6.27 5.6.17 5.1.56 5.0.51 mysql (8.0.12)
nautilus (3.28.1) 3.18.5 3.18.5 3.18.5 3.16.2 2.32.2.1 2.32.2.1 -- nautilus (3.28.1)
NVIDIA (396.51) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (396.51)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.5.2 3.4.11.2 3.4.4 openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (10.0.2) 7.151.01 8u131 8u92 8u60 7u55 -- -- openjdk (10.0.2)
openssh (7.7p1) 7.5p1 7.5p1 7.2p2 7.1p1 6.1p1 5.8p1 4.7p1 openssh (7.7p1)
openssl (1.1.0i) 1.1.0h 1.0.2l 1.0.2h 1.0.2e 1.0.1g 1.0.0d 0.9.7g openssl (1.1.0i)
perl (5.28.0) 5.24.3 5.24.1 5.24.0 5.20.3 5.20.0 5.12.2 5.8.8 perl (5.28.0)
php (7.2.9) 20131017 7.1.6 7.0.8 5.6.14 5.5.12 5.3.6 5.2.5 php (7.2.9)
plasma-desktop (5.13.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.13.4)
postfix (3.3.1) 3.3.0 3.2.2 2.11.7 2.11.7 2.11.1 2.8.2 2.5devel postfix (3.3.1)
postgresql (10.5) 9.6.5 9.6.3 9.5.3 9.4.5 9.3.4 9.0.3 8.2.6 postgresql (10.5)
Python (3.7.0) 2.7 3.6.1 3.5.2 3.5.0 3.4.0 2.7.1 2.3.5 Python (3.7.0)
qt (5.11.1) 5.10.1 5.7.1 5.5.1 4.8.7 4.8.6 4.7.2 3.3.8 qt (5.11.1)
samba (4.8.4) 4.4.16 4.4.14 4.4.5 4.1.18 4.1.7 3.5.8 3.0.26a samba (4.8.4)
systemd (239) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (239)
thunderbird (60.0) 52.8.0 52.2.1 45.2.0 38.4.0 24.5.0 3.1.8 -- thunderbird (60.0)
vim (8.1) 8.1 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.2 7.1 vim (8.1)
vlc (3.0.3) 2.2.8 2.2.6 2.2.4 2.2.1 2.1.4 1.0.6 -- vlc (3.0.3)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.10.2 4.6.1 4.4.2 xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.20.1) 1.18.4 1.18.4 1.17.4 1.17.4 1.12.4 1.6.5 1.3.0.0 xorg-server (1.20.1)

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Version: 5.2.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-06-18
Votes: 8


One of the most stable OSs I have ever tried.

Note that this is a "do-it-yourself" distro. You won't get any office package, browser or special software out-of-the-box.If you do not mind that or want to learn UNIX basics (from networking all the way to customising your desktop environment), then this is the right OS for you to try.

I have been using it in different computers for more than a year now, at home and at work, and my only two complaints would be 1) Hardware compatibility is very limited regarding wireless adapters (of course you can work around just using ethernet which is faster and more stable anyway) and 2) its implementation of the MATE desktop is humble and tends to cause trouble after package upgrades. The bare-bones XOrg works perfectly, though.

Last but not least, very helpful team in IRC indeed, I really appreciate that.


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Version: 5.0.2
Rating: 7
Date: 2018-04-08
Votes: 6


I like what the DragonFly BSD team tries to do, but its ports system has its quirks, including software which does not build and software which is just not there after the installation. I have no doubt that the DragonFly BSD base system works as expected, but the ports system needs more reliability in order to be adequate for more than just a hobby OS.

After they dismissed pkgsrc and replaced it by DPorts, John Marino from the DragonFly BSD team is working on the not yet included RavenPorts, some kind of a "better pkgsrc", which has proven more reliable at least for me. I wish they could make it the official ports system - if they do, I'll revise my review.


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Version: 5.0.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-02-25
Votes: 0


Currently running a 5.1-DEVELOPMENT snapshot, with MATE desktop environment

Dragonfly gives the impression of a small (as compared to a large faceless project) friendly family type progressive community OS which concentrates on perfecting its operating system for more modern hardware (ie 64 bit only), following the UNIX concept of “doing one thing and doing it well”.

I have had no problems finding and installing binary packages using pkg
performance is good

Two problems I did note (keep in mind that I am not running a stable release, but a current snapshot)
is that the system seams to be constantly probing the DVD player and fills dmesg and xconsole with the message
ahci0.4: TFES RFIS-34 flg=40 st=51 err=20 dev=40 off=0/1536
but after putting a DVD in drive, message stops
also Firefox crashes occasionally (never had this problem when running a stable release).

Tried using a modern Nvidia GeForce 210 graphics card, but did not get widescreen, so I tried downloading the FreeBSD driver (340.106) from Nivida website and following the “Additional Information”. But was getting a vnode error when compiling.
So I removed Nvidia card and widescreen works well with Intel integrated graphics.

Note that I had done the same as above a few years ago with a Nvidia Geforce 6150 LE GPU (304 legacy) and compiling/install worked with no problems

another advantage is that since DragonFlyBSD is a fork of FreeBSD, allot of the FreeBSD documentation is applicable.


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