Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Oct 2006 15:14 UTC, submitted by Charles A Landemaine
PC-BSD "iXsystems, an enterprise-class hardware solution provider, announced today its acquisition of PC-BSD, a rock solid UNIX operating system based on FreeBSD. PC-BSD is a fully functional desktop operating system running FreeBSD version 6, with a KDE desktop interface and graphical system installer. Its PBI system, developed exclusively for PC-BSD, lets users download and install their applications in a self-extracting and installing format. iXsystems' acquisition of PC-BSD will provide funding to the PC-BSD project to increase distribution of PC-BSD and develop future versions of PC-BSD. Development is currently underway for a version of PC-BSD that will allow for easy installation and operation on servers, workstations, and laptops."
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PBI just isn't right
by Almindor on Tue 10th Oct 2006 19:39 UTC
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2006-01-16

Well this acquisition still doesn't change the fact that the PBI package system is inheritedly flawed.

a) PBI programs have their own lib dirs, so if THEY produce a program which requires those libs, it will fail to link/start
b) PBI programs have each got a copy of their own lib which is a wastage of space AND RAM. Not to mention the fact that it's simply plain wrong. Shared objects (libraries) were ment to be SHARED.. as the name implies

The whole idea to fight DLL hell by not using DLLs how they were ment to be used is rather bad. I'm really not happy about the rather idiotic UNIX ABI situations in most/all unix flavors out there, but this PBI packaging doesn't fix it.

Not to mention security implications of using old libs...

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