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[5]: Package Management
by dylansmrjones on Sat 6th Oct 2007 15:30 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Package Management"
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I don't see anything bad about combining the solutions. Central repositories have some downsides and decentral installers have some downsides. Combining them would hopefully create a solution with the best from both worlds.

It does of course put some limitations on the nature of distributions (particularly binary distributions). They can't keep breaking binary compatibility between each distribution update (which is quite usual with Fedora), which again leads to them having to support multiple versions of the same packages (e.g. using slotted versions of most libraries). Or put differently, packages for Linux Distribution XYZ Core 1 should also work with Linux Distribution XYZ Core 9. If this isn't the case individual installers will have a hard time working. Maintaining a central repository usually means quite limited number of packages available - and 2-3-4-5 months waiting time for the package to go stable (and who wants to use an unstable version of glibc?).

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