Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 5th Oct 2007 20:49 UTC, submitted by Flatland_Spider
PC-BSD Jan Stedehouder has used PC-BSD for thirty days to see what living with it is like. On day thirty, he concludes: "Does PC-BSD have the potential to be a serious contender for the open source desktop? I answered that question with a yes, because the potential is there. The solid FreeBSD roots, the very strong and very accessible information, the friendly and mature community and the PBI system provide the foundations for that potential. I don't think it is ready now and I couldn't recommend it yet to someone in the early stages of moving away from Windows to an open source desktop. But I do think that the PC-BSD team has the right target audience in mind and is building an system and a support system that addresses it's needs."
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RE: Package Management
by sbergman27 on Sat 6th Oct 2007 04:36 UTC in reply to "Package Management"
sbergman27
Member since:
2005-07-24

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With the BSDs, well, pkg_add isn't great at resolving dependencies and ports need to compile. PBIs are definitely not the answer. Really, they're a truly terrible idea.

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Thank you. I agree completely. I hope this PBI mania ends soon. I suspect it will be pushed to its limits before it dies, though. :-(

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RE[2]: Package Management
by Doc Pain on Sat 6th Oct 2007 05:00 in reply to "RE: Package Management"
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2006-10-08

"I hope this PBI mania ends soon. I suspect it will be pushed to its limits before it dies, though. :-("

PBIs are the way to go for average desktop home users. That's what they are used to. It's working as they expect it to do. Of course, it has it disadvantages that make nearly every professional avoiding to use it. But hey, PC-BSD is targetted at desktop users, to give them what they declare to want / seem to need.

NB: The worst solution always prevails. :-)

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RE[3]: Package Management
by sbergman27 on Sat 6th Oct 2007 05:30 in reply to "RE[2]: Package Management"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

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PBIs are the way to go for average desktop home users. That's what they are used to. It's working as they expect it to do. Of course, it has it disadvantages that make nearly every professional avoiding to use it.

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I don't suppose that killing the average desktop home users (my first choice) would be considered an acceptable solution. So I am forced to bow to your argument. ;-)

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