Two major branches see releases in parallel, and major branches tend to live for two years (four minor versions) after their x.0 release.
Free BSD 11.x is currently the newest release branch with 10.x in maintenance mode and major development happening on 12.x.
If you run into any problems installing and/or using Mac Ports we also have many options to help you, depending on how you wish to get get in touch with us.
Other important help resources are our online documentation, A. A The Mac Ports Guide, and our Trac Wiki server & bug tracker.
Unlike Linux where everything including the kernel is a package, Free BSD is developed in a single source tree and released on a set schedule – twice a year – as a complete operating system on top of which you can install third-party software.
The Release Engineering page tracks the release history and schedule.
The Mac Ports Project is an open-source community initiative to design an easy-to-use system for compiling, installing, and upgrading either command-line, X11 or Aqua based open-source software on the Mac operating system.
As always, the release maintains the Go 1 promise of compatibility.Latest Mac Ports release: 2.4.1 There are many ways you can get involved with Mac Ports and peer users, system administrators & developers alike.Browse over to the “Contact Us” section of our site and: If on the other hand you are interested in joining The Mac Ports Project in any way, then don't hesitate to contact the project's management team, “Port Mgr”, to explain your particular interest and present a formal application.Its developers frequently audit the source tree for software bugs and security holes.De Raadt coordinates the project from his home in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Since then, the project has followed a schedule of a release every six months, each of which is supported for one year.Besides the operating system as a whole, the project maintains portable versions of many subsystems, most notably Open SSH, which are available as packages in other operating systems.