what's the big deal? it's "stable" because some people might actually want tried and true software on their system because they either don't like it when things crash on them or they don't like insecure things.This is more like a rant than a question ... ;D
For those BSD freaks that bash Debian for being so far behind with their stable version, this shocked me a lot.
The latest stabel release of FreeBSD 4.5 comes with X 3.3.6 instead of 4.1.0 or something ..... :
bleeding edge is not always a good thing.
besides, if you're interested in making and optimizing your system, you're not going to be using the packages anyhow; those ports are there so you can have the most bleeding edge software compiled for *your* hardware, and you should be remaking 'world' to the latest version of Fbsd ASAP anyhow (there's a bug with SoftUpdates that can cause corruption).