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Absolute FreeBSD, 2nd Edition by Michael W. Lucas

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Upgrading via Source

Another way to update your system is to build it from source code. FreeBSD is self-hosting, meaning that it includes all the tools needed to build FreeBSD. If you want to build the latest version of FreeBSD from source code, your first step is to get the latest source.

When a developer releases improvements to FreeBSD, the changes are made available worldwide within about an hour (66 minutes, to be pedantic). The FreeBSD master source code server tracks the source code, all changes made to that code, and the author of those changes. Developers can check in new code, and users can check out the latest versions through Concurrent Versions System (CVS). CVS is a decent system for source code management, but an awful tool for source ...

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