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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With PC-BSD, you have 4 (!) choices about how to install software: PBI, portinstall/portupgrade, (classical) make, pkg_add. But if you concentrate on the PBI system, you'll always be fine.

There are only two methods to install applications in FreeBSD:
- via the ports tree
- via binary packages (pkg_add)

There are a bunch of tools in the ports tree that try to make installing things via the ports tree easier (portmanager, portmaster, portupgrade, etc). However, these all work via the two methods listed above.

With PC-BSD, you get a third option, using their .pbi packages.

Do not confuse portupgrade with a "new" way of installing apps. It's just a wrapper app that uses the ports tree for you. If you try to do so, then you will start to believe that there's more than 2 ways to install apps in Debian (via apt/dpkg, compile from source) -- you can't count dpkg, apt-get, aptitude, synaptic, adept, kpackage, etc as different methods of installing apps -- they are just multiple facets of the same thing: installing a .deb.

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