Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 5th Oct 2007 20:49 UTC, submitted by Flatland_Spider
PC-BSD Jan Stedehouder has used PC-BSD for thirty days to see what living with it is like. On day thirty, he concludes: "Does PC-BSD have the potential to be a serious contender for the open source desktop? I answered that question with a yes, because the potential is there. The solid FreeBSD roots, the very strong and very accessible information, the friendly and mature community and the PBI system provide the foundations for that potential. I don't think it is ready now and I couldn't recommend it yet to someone in the early stages of moving away from Windows to an open source desktop. But I do think that the PC-BSD team has the right target audience in mind and is building an system and a support system that addresses it's needs."
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Package Management
by saterdaies on Sat 6th Oct 2007 03:14 UTC
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What's really missing from the BSDs is good, binary package management. It's what really separates the BSDs from most Linux flavors. Debian, RedHat, SUSE, Mandriva, Ubuntu, and many more just have great package management systems that wonderfully install software.

With the BSDs, well, pkg_add isn't great at resolving dependencies and ports need to compile. PBIs are definitely not the answer. Really, they're a truly terrible idea. Package all dependencies in one binary so that when there's a security flaw in one common dependency, it needs to be updated in 50 places (by 50 different people creating 50 new PBIs).

This is what is really holding BSDs back from becoming mainstream (well, mainstream like Linux).

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