Linked by David Adams on Mon 7th Mar 2011 17:55 UTC
FreeBSD "How long have you been using FreeBSD. Months? Years? Decades? And you love using it because of whatever reason but at the same time you're feeling a bit guilty to use it all for free without giving anything back? Well now you'll have the chance to change that. We at FreeBSD are always in need of new people who are willing to spare some of their time and effort into FreeBSD development."
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RE[6]: maybe its the license
by laffer1 on Tue 8th Mar 2011 17:09 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: maybe its the license"
laffer1
Member since:
2007-11-09

That is one difference between BSD and Linux. Most BSDs encourage building from ports. There are two choices for going to packages though:

PC-BSD (PBIs)
MidnightBSD (mport packages)

I forked FreeBSD because it lacked on the desktop and I also need developers. My goal is to make a desktop OS and not to make a server/embedded platform. The first task was coming up with a unique ports and package system. I just committed the first working version (with remote fetch, search, etc) of the new mport package management tools this week. I'm planning on writing a GUI version as well.

PC-BSD is much ahead of us on installation and package management at the moment, but that's going to change.

I suggest desktop users get involved with MidnightBSD or PC-BSD development if they want to improve the BSD on the desktop situation. We're the two projects trying to do that. Feature requests welcome.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

OpenBSD actually discourage building packages from source.

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RE[8]: maybe its the license
by Oliver on Tue 8th Mar 2011 22:49 in reply to "RE[7]: maybe its the license"
Oliver Member since:
2006-07-15

... and almost nobody cares about it and uses ports.

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