Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 31st Dec 2006 17:26 UTC, submitted by Charles A Landemaine
PC-BSD Just in time for the new year, the PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of PC-BSD version 1.3 for public download. You may download this release and view the change log. The team is also launching a web design contest for the new web site of 2007.
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The portupgrade suite of tools is not part of the base OS. Anyone who chooses to use them has taken it upon themselves to use that method. Hence, there are only three official methods to install applications in PC-BSD (2 in standard FreeBSD).

Note also that the "package database" you discuss is a portupgrade-only feature, and is not part of the base OS. The FreeBSD ports tree uses /var/db/pkg/* to store installed app info. *ONLY* portupgrade uses /var/db/pkg/pkgdb and /usr/ports/INDEX.db.

The canonical ways to install applications in FreeBSD are:
- via the ports tree
- via packages (pkg_add)

Any other methods that a user chooses to use is at their discretion and their (possible) peril.

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