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[2]: Lets get serious
by Doc Pain on Sat 6th Oct 2007 05:23 UTC in reply to "RE: Lets get serious"
Doc Pain
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2006-10-08

"But I have been frustrated with some of the pkg_add issues; especially desktop apps. Don't get me wrong. Once you install 6.2-RELEASE and change PACKAGESITE to point to packages-6-stable you can install some of the newer ones, but pg_add does not have upgrade capability. Have tried portupgrade and have run into many issues."

It's because portupgrade relies on the ports collection. If you use portupgrade -P or -PP, it reads from the precompiled package repository pointed at by PACKAGESITE, but these packages may be older than the content of the ports collection.

You're right, upgrading installed applications can be probelmatic if you're using pkg_add. But if you use the ports collection and run portupgrade properly, only defective ports entries may harm your additional applications installation. You can also use the make update / deinstall / reinstall facility of the ports tree.

"So yes. If server where things don't get installed very often then FreeBSD is great. Not on the desktop - not right now. But I don't seem to be able to let go."

What am I doing wrong that I don't reinstall or upgrade my applications that often? Some of them were installed two years ago without any requirement of upgrade. If it works - don't touch it. Never touch a running system. :-)

Furthermore, I've installed desktop systems built upon FreeBSD for "computer illiterate" users some time ago. The systems are still running and doing everything that the users expect from it. Why is this? Maybe because some users aren't keen to do experiments with their system all day long. Allthough I have to admit that no one of them could have installed and configured such a system within a finite time, now as it's running, they're fine with it. (I think that's the approach PC-BSD is taking with its design and its connection to KDE.)

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