Linked by Gabe Yoder on Tue 11th Nov 2003 21:51 UTC
FreeBSD We've all heard the age old argument second only to the vi vs. emacs religious wars: FreeBSD Vs Linux. As a long time linux user, I decided that is was time I spent some time on the other side of the fence to see if it was any greener. Oh, and by the way, vi rules.
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And one more
by random on Wed 12th Nov 2003 02:45 UTC

I noticed a number of things which made ports appear to be more release-oriented than the portage system. The first is that there is no way to upgrade the ports tree without installing an additional port after installation (namely cvsup). [...] Similarly, upgrading an installed port to a newer version is a bit clunky without installing another utility (namely portupgrade).

Actually, CVSup can be installed during the package selection phase in the FreeBSD installation. In Gentoo's portage, same thing: there is no way to update the portage tree without installing an additional port (rsync). And no way to upgrade packages without the 'emerge' port. So, it's about the same. And I do believe that moving more stuff from the base installation to the ports is a good thing, because it allows for a more modular approach to system upgrade, and takes some of the burden from the developers of the base system.