Linked by Julian Djamil Fagir on Thu 14th Feb 2013 22:23 UTC
BSD and Darwin derivatives BSD (Berkely System Distribution) was a research operating system based on the original AT&T Unix, developed by the University of Berkeley, California. It has been Open Source right from the beginning, and after the university lost interest in developing it further, several community projects started up (the very first ones were NetBSD and FreeBSD in the early nineties) to continue developing BSD. Anyway, Linux was born roughly at the same time, but a pending lawsuit about copyright infringements prevented the BSD projects to become as successful as Linux (though you could argue about the exact reasons).
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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Drumhellar on Mon 18th Feb 2013 19:13 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
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And that's a real PITA. It's like releasing a car without wheels. But who cares? the car is there ...

Except the packages produced by the build system aren't part of the release, while the wheels are part of the car. This isn't semantics; even when extra packages were included on the install disks, they were referred to as "third-party" packages.

I hate car analogies for computers, but a better analogy would be "The car is ready, but it'll be a while before after-market add-ons are available."

Even when packages are available, I find myself building from ports frequently, just for the greater control, and I'm willing to bet that anybody that administers FreeBSD systems professionally will rely on ports much, much more.

Packages build for 9.0 should also work perfectly on 9.1, but the packages build for 9.0 aren't being updated at the moment, either (Though, the ports tree is).

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