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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Doc Pain
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"Do not confuse portupgrade with a "new" way of installing apps. It's just a wrapper app that uses the ports tree for you."

You're completely right. I stated this in another posting just to avoid this misunderstanding. In a posting much prior to this one, I also stated that tools like portinstall work on the basis of precompiled packages or the FreeBSD ports collection.

The PBI system does not rely on the two mechanisms listed above, so it's really a third method. In this concern, talking about 4 methods (plus portupgrade) sounds confusing, I agree. It's just because portinstall has developed to a widely used and comfortable mechanism to handle both ports and packages. It affords a bit of knowledge, but in some cases it's faster (or at least needs less user interaction) to install software. Just as the classical methods of pkg_add and make install it can run autonomous or even via a cron job. The use of the pkgdb prevents the user from having installed some applications or libraries twice (or more often). So I thought it was worth mentioning it.

But to get back on topic, the PBI system should be the preferred method in PC-BSD to install software, just as the developers of PC-BSD noted.

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