Linked by Uri Sharf on Mon 2nd May 2005 20:23 UTC
PC-BSD PC-BSD is a new FreeBSD 5.3 distribution, with a graphical installer and KDE 3.4 as its desktop. A new beta version was just released, and though I can't say I have much experience with FreeBSD, or any *BSD for that matter, I was curious enough to try it. And I'm glad I did. From a desktop user's point of view, completely oblivious to the many virtues and sound foundation of all things BSD, all I really ever wanted was an OS that is solid, easy to install and, well ... fun to work with.
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Re: This is what we have been ...
by itanic on Tue 3rd May 2005 01:40 UTC

Maybe... You can't mix package and ports at the same time, unless you are at the near release peroid. The packages and ports are always out of sync. Example, current FreeBSD 5.3's pkg_add will grab GNOME 2.6 while ports tree has GNOME 2.10.
There is nothing inherently preventing you from mixing packages and ports at the same time. You could easily use the -f switch with pkg_add and use pkgdb -F if you need to use different versions.

Not to mention, GNOME 2.10 has had packages for a while. Perhaps you are looking for the point RELEASE packages instead of the STABLE packages?

False for regurarly build packages for pkg_add. The default of pkg_add (packages) are only at the every release cycle of FreeBSD version. You can get the fresh packages by the third-party like marcuscom.com for the most current packages of GNOME.
No, what you are saying is absolutely false. Packages are built readily. They are not instanteously updated after ports are (for they need to be built from ports in the first place), but they usually come quite soon after.