Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Oct 2006 15:14 UTC, submitted by Charles A Landemaine
PC-BSD "iXsystems, an enterprise-class hardware solution provider, announced today its acquisition of PC-BSD, a rock solid UNIX operating system based on FreeBSD. PC-BSD is a fully functional desktop operating system running FreeBSD version 6, with a KDE desktop interface and graphical system installer. Its PBI system, developed exclusively for PC-BSD, lets users download and install their applications in a self-extracting and installing format. iXsystems' acquisition of PC-BSD will provide funding to the PC-BSD project to increase distribution of PC-BSD and develop future versions of PC-BSD. Development is currently underway for a version of PC-BSD that will allow for easy installation and operation on servers, workstations, and laptops."
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RE[2]: PBI just isn't right
by sbergman27 on Tue 10th Oct 2006 21:29 UTC in reply to "RE: PBI just isn't right"
sbergman27
Member since:
2005-07-24

"""Please, tell us what your real-world user-friendly solution to the dependency problem is."""

A real binary package manager with an easy to use gui like gnome-app-install, which defaults to basic mode, but has an "Advanced" button that brings up Synaptic?

Plus something like gdebi, which allows the user to install a 3rd party package by clicking on it in the browser or filemanager?

Edited 2006-10-10 21:32

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RE[3]: PBI just isn't right
by antik on Tue 10th Oct 2006 21:36 in reply to "RE[2]: PBI just isn't right"
antik Member since:
2006-05-19

A real binary package manager with an easy to use gui like gnome-app-install, which defaults to basic mode, but has an "Advanced" button that brings up Synaptic?

Plus something like gdebi, which allows the user to install a 3rd party package by clicking on it in the browser or filemanager?


Without internet connection as with PBI?

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RE[4]: PBI just isn't right
by sbergman27 on Tue 10th Oct 2006 21:48 in reply to "RE[3]: PBI just isn't right"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

"""Without internet connection as with PBI?"""

Yes. Pop the CD into the drive, click the package, and you're done. There is nothing to keep the CD distributor from including all the dependencies in separate packages on the same CD, rather than stuffing them all into a PBI.

Or, if we want to use shared libraries in this case, too, the user might be asked to insert his original OS installation CD to pick up some additional packages.

Edited 2006-10-10 21:52

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RE[3]: PBI just isn't right
by bubbayank on Wed 11th Oct 2006 06:53 in reply to "RE[2]: PBI just isn't right"
bubbayank Member since:
2005-07-15

Plus something like gdebi, which allows the user to install a 3rd party package by clicking on it in the browser or filemanager?

I miss how this fixes the problem of having three different X apps that want different versions of libraries and the like.

I also fail to see how Grandma or Alice in Accounting are going to deal with a "package manager". I mean right now, today, not some vaporware that does not yet exist even though it's so "easy". I also think that the typical user of a windows-replacement browsing/email station is going to be concerned about whether his/her IDE is working or not...

PC-BSD must be on the right track to draw the ire of those that dwell under bridges. ;)

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