Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th Apr 2009 15:43 UTC, submitted by Alexander Yerenkow
PC-BSD PC-BSD, the desktop-oriented FreeBSD variant, has released version 7.1, dubbed Galileo. In case you don't know, PC-BSD is a FreeBSD distribution with lots of customisations focussed on the desktop user. Its most defining features is the Push Button Installer, a self-contained package format with handy installers/uninstallers. PC-BSD 7.1 comes loaded with changes and updates.
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by Doc Pain on Fri 10th Apr 2009 21:07 UTC in reply to "PBI's"
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While PBI's offer a way for users to install software without downloading extra dependencies or offline package installation, it also has a drawback. Every package you install comes with all their dependencies and you will end with a lot of space spent in duplicate libraries.

Please see the implication: Let's say programs A, B and C depend on library L, and due to a security update L has been updated to L'. On a regular FreeBSD system, you would update L to L' and everything's fine. On PC-BSD, it isn't that easy. PBI maintainers would first have to create PBI packages A', B' and C' that include L' instead of L, and then you would need to download and install them - manually.

But I'd like to say that the averade desktop user (the main target audience of PC-BSD in my opinion) would not care for such updates.

So while efficient at ease of installation, is inefficient at disk space usage.

I'd say that's no problem today, hard disks are large enough. Furthermore, you'll need a quite up-to-date PC to run PC-BSD, so there will be a huge hard disk inside.

But for people coming from Windows and Mac worlds it's a very good alternative.

Yes, it is. And they get a full-featured UNIX under the hood. Wait a moment, isn't that what Mac OS X users already have? :-)

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