Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Oct 2006 19:43 UTC, submitted by Charles A Landemaine
PC-BSD After the flood of Fedora Core 6 and Ubuntu 6.10 reviews, here is a review of PC-BSD 1.3 Beta. "PC-BSD has improved quite a bit and the use of its open-source PBI packaging system is a great idea. Although it obviously means there might be a minor delay in newly released products being ported over to the PBI package system, novice users will rejoice because the wait is well worth it. PC-BSD is a well oiled machine with its quick response times, even if you don't have that much memory in your system. Its implementation of a clean interface is welcomed by me and not having a 3D enabled desktop is not something I really would worry about unless you are an eye-candy lover."
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RE[5]: Nice review
by molnarcs on Tue 31st Oct 2006 12:09 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Nice review"
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Well, they blow out of proportions one non-issue: the use of shared libraries. That's the only technical "deficiency" of the PBI system. You see, every PBI is self contained, and there might be a case when two separate programs have to load the same (otherwise shared) library twice. The only drawback of this might be increased memory use. But - as I said, this is not how the system works in reality. This is a theoretical problem that doesn't exist in practice, and those gripe against the PBI system probably never built a single PBI in their life.

In reality, you can safely depend on the presence of certain libraries on ALL PC-BSD installs. This means, that the theoretical problem described above is moot. When I did a Scribus PBI, there wasn't much to include, because it depends on what? Xorg, qt, and I'm not sure about kdelibs. All of these are present on every PC-BSD install. And 90% of every prog I encountered has dependencies present in the "base system" of PC-BSD. The rest, you include in the PBIs. There is a very small chance that you will use progs from that 10%, (well, it's 10%) - and you will have to run multiple of those to "suffer" the consequences: which is, 500K more RAM usage. LOL. So there ya have the "serious" technical issues with the PBI system.

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