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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RE[3]: Package Management
by dylansmrjones on Sat 6th Oct 2007 14:42 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Package Management"
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The problem is not individual installers. The problem is that updating them usually requires hunting the net for the updated packages.

Combine decentralized installation with central management (like the way one can update extensions for Firefox) and the problem is solved.

Think "Software Store". Or think "Package Update API". One click and the "Software Store" will search for new versions available of installed packages. It will then ask if it should download the installers. When downloads are finished it can either run them silently or possible run the inter-active installers.

For this to work the installed application must register itself in the Software Store. All this would require is a text file containing the URL to a directory containing future updates. Yeehaa... decentralized installation with optional centralized management and updating ;)

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