Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 7th Jan 2006 18:05 UTC, submitted by BSD_User
PC-BSD "PBIs have the advantage of being entirely self-contained. That means casual users won't inadvertently overwrite existing libraries or files by installing and uninstalling applications. This article shows how to create your own PBI, using Digikam as an example of a rather complex package with many library dependencies. While most PBIs will be easier to generate, I want to demonstrate most of the gotchas you may run across when generating your own PBIs." In addition, here is an article explaining how to get MS Office running via WINE on FreeBSD.
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Pretty cool
by Charles A Landemaine on Sat 7th Jan 2006 20:27 UTC
Charles A Landemaine
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2005-11-11

Dru Lavigne has always written useful articles. Creating PBIs can be very easy when the original package already includes most dependencies. This is the case for most Linux software that you can download from the vendors'web sites.

I noticed a small issue with this tutorial, on p.4: http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/bsd/2006/01/05/FreeBSD_Basics.html?page...
The name and web site aren't the PBI creator's but the original software developer's name and web site.

Other than that, the MS Office/WINE on FreeBSD/PC-BSD is pretty cool. I think this will be less and less useful as OpenOffice.org is more and more mature these days. By the way, OpenOffice.org 2.0.1 is available for PC-BSD too: http://www.pbidir.com/packages.php?code=142

But this is a nice hack. I'd like to see IE/WINE for PC-BSD for testing purpose so that I'm sure my web site won't break in IE.

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