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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RE[4]: Comment by Stephen!
by WereCatf on Fri 10th Apr 2009 21:44 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Stephen!"
WereCatf
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Not taken as bashing. I know you can type those commands, and installing the software is easy. The difference in using a PBI is there are no dependencies to worry about, everything is in the package. You also don't have to install as root, as everything can be installed in the home directory. Yes, that can be done on Linux if comiling from source, but when using the repos you need to hope that all the repos are up and running. With a PBI, once you get it, you can install it while disconnected from the net, as there is nothing else to get and no dependencies to download.

As said, the downside to PBI is that the dependencies are taking extra space. But I didn't notice any mention of another, bigger, issue; the dependencies included could be out-of-date and as such may contain security holes. I personally don't like either of those things.

It'd be wonderful if you could combine those things: the application would be downloadable with all of its dependencies included, but those would only be installed and used if those weren't already provided by the system. That'd remove the duplicate dependencies AND allow the system to manage security fixes and updates to libraries while still allowing you to install the app even without internet connection.

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