Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Nov 2007 16:59 UTC, submitted by Oliver
BSD and Darwin derivatives "DesktopBSD 1.6RC3 for AMD64 is now available for download via BitTorrent and from our mirror sites. It includes several improvements made since the release of 1.6RC3 for i386, including: better performance by disabling SMP on single core/processor computers, fixed installation on disks with special partition names, inclusion of the FreeBSD ports collection on the DVD, and more."
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RE[2]: Good news
by Doc Pain on Fri 23rd Nov 2007 03:11 UTC in reply to "RE: Good news"
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2006-10-08

"I maybe wrong here but I think PC-BSD still includes the ports system if you want to use it."

In fact, PC-BSD, as well as DesktopBSD, contain both facilities for using precompiled packages and the ports collection. Please pay attention that using them with PC-BSD is possible, but not recommended unless you're exactly knowing what you do, because it may interfere with the PBI system.

So, on a PC-BSD and a DesktopBSD system, you can

# pkg_add -r xmms

to install from a precompiled package, wich will install the dependencies if required, or

# cd /usr/ports/multimedia/mplayer
# make install

to compile and install from a ports entry.

Compiling things from the ports is needed only if you want to run bleeding edge software or if you are required to set configuration flags at compile time (e. g. codes to use by mplayer, or recompile X to make a tree button mouse work properly). In most cases, pkg_add is what you want.

You can use the portupgrade frontends (portinstall, portupgrade, pkgdb) to make extended use of the ports system and have a both ports and packages aware database maintained automatically (pkgdb -aF).

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