Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th Apr 2009 15:43 UTC, submitted by Alexander Yerenkow
PC-BSD PC-BSD, the desktop-oriented FreeBSD variant, has released version 7.1, dubbed Galileo. In case you don't know, PC-BSD is a FreeBSD distribution with lots of customisations focussed on the desktop user. Its most defining features is the Push Button Installer, a self-contained package format with handy installers/uninstallers. PC-BSD 7.1 comes loaded with changes and updates.
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RE: PBI's
by bousozoku on Fri 10th Apr 2009 20:41 UTC in reply to "PBI's"
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2006-01-23

While PBI's offer a way for users to install software without downloading extra dependencies or offline package installation, it also has a drawback. Every package you install comes with all their dependencies and you will end with a lot of space spent in duplicate libraries. So while efficient at ease of installation, is inefficient at disk space usage.

But for people coming from Windows and Mac worlds it's a very good alternative.


It would be a small price to pay for someone who downloads 3 pieces of the same package for some operating system and is told twice that the dependencies weren't satisfied. At that point, the person might just delete all 3 pieces and look for the partition editor.

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RE[2]: PBI's
by darkcoder on Wed 15th Apr 2009 04:19 in reply to "RE: PBI's"
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2006-07-14

It would be a small price to pay for someone who downloads 3 pieces of the same package for some operating system and is told twice that the dependencies weren't satisfied. At that point, the person might just delete all 3 pieces and look for the partition editor.



In a way true. People either don't know how to install a computer or don't care to install one. They just want something that works.

But in a way is not that true anymore. These days, how many programs are not included in the distribution's package management systems? You can find most of the stuff for your distribution as either a main or community supported repo.

What Linux and BSD needs is a way to install easily (and not by ./configure, make, install) external software, that is for example, included in a magazine CD. A wizard that can do that action without user knowledge of the complex process would be nice.

Edited 2009-04-15 04:20 UTC

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