Linked by Julian Djamil Fagir on Thu 14th Feb 2013 22:23 UTC
BSD and Darwin derivatives BSD (Berkely System Distribution) was a research operating system based on the original AT&T Unix, developed by the University of Berkeley, California. It has been Open Source right from the beginning, and after the university lost interest in developing it further, several community projects started up (the very first ones were NetBSD and FreeBSD in the early nineties) to continue developing BSD. Anyway, Linux was born roughly at the same time, but a pending lawsuit about copyright infringements prevented the BSD projects to become as successful as Linux (though you could argue about the exact reasons).
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RE: Keep getting better
by dindin on Fri 15th Feb 2013 15:55 UTC in reply to "Keep getting better"
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Unless the BSDs get a proper top-to-bottom binary package management working, they will be a OS just for techies and servers. They tried that with pkgng and ... well .... lets see if that works ... has not yet.

I run FreeBSD on several servers for lots of network packet analysis but run Linux and OS X on the laptop/desktop. Severs is great since I do not have to compile and install from ports a lot of packages so no broken ports on the core stuff. But won't trust that on the desktop.

Heres hoping to see FreeBSD on the desktop soon.

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RE[2]: Keep getting better
by phoenix on Fri 15th Feb 2013 18:30 in reply to "RE: Keep getting better"
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2013 should be "the year of binary packages" for FreeBSD.

You can already upgrade the base OS via freebsd-update(8).

And the PKGng project will allow you to do binary upgrades of your 3rd-party software (aka ports) with the ease of Debian's apt-get. All the pieces are in place for 9.0 and 9.1, and PKGng is now the default on 10-CURRENT. All that's missing is for the package-building cluster to be brought back online to build binary packages on a regular basis. The cluster is being rebuilt due to the security incident last fall.

However, one can use ports-mgmt/poudriere to create their own package-building system, and use PKGng to manage everything on their own systems.

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RE[2]: Keep getting better
by laffer1 on Fri 15th Feb 2013 23:54 in reply to "RE: Keep getting better"
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That's what we've been working on for some time in MidnightBSD. Our mport package management tools were covered in a BSD Magazine article if you're interested.

I'm planning on doing the 0.4 release with the package tools this year. You can actually use an early version in 0.3 as an option, but it doesn't have all the polish one would expect.

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RE[3]: Keep getting better
by trooper9 on Mon 18th Feb 2013 14:54 in reply to "RE[2]: Keep getting better"
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How current is your project in relation to FreeBSD (using them as a touchstone)? I noticed you started the project from FreeBSD 6.x. Are your packages now current with FBSD 9.0, or what? The project looks interesting and I'd like to try it. Will it run in VBox? I've tried past versions of FBSD and I could not get them to boot in VBox...

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