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jziegler, I think you miss the point completely.
If you're comfortable with an advanced package manager, it means the PC-BSD simplified package management is not for you: so, even on PC-BSD, you would use the excellent FreeBSD ports, since they're totally available there too (it has a complete FreeBSD operating system under the hood).
Your mistake is thinking that everybody has the same priorities as you.
If somebody has a big HD (and today, most HDs are) and they happen to want to get the work done *the fast way* - without even knowing or caring about what a dependency *is* - then the PC-BSD package manager is the best solution for them. It's as simple as that.
Many users of a desktop OS are exactly like that. And it doesn't mean that they're stupid or something - they simply *don't care*. Maybe they're not interested in a PC's inner workings, or maybe they've got more urgent things to do.
ulib, have you even read what i've written? the HD usage is only one part of the problem. downloading the same things 20 times also cannot be faster than downloading it only once.
i was not discussing user preferences or ease of use. i was discussing the technical implications of such a solution. it's a bit sad that no-one seriously answered me on that points.
but yeah, i'm strange. i try to understand things around me.