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Date:      Sun, 24 May 2020 13:37:44 +0100
From:      tech-lists <tech-lists@zyxst.net>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: updating a FreeBSD workstation
Message-ID:  <20200524123744.GC84757@bastion.zyxst.net>
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Hi,

I've been using freebsd as a desktop since the late 90s (in addition to
running servers). In the last few years it's become a lot easier for deskto=
p.=20
I still get confused about *what to use* wrt desktop because there rae=20
lots of different answers (see my thread about desktop sound) but in=20
terms of keeping stuff like ports up-to-date it's got a *lot* easier.

Here's what I do:

1. unless you need kernel mods for your specific desktop, run
freebsd-12-release and keep it up-to-date with freebsd-update.

2. preferably on another machine with a lot of horsepower, build your ports=
 in
poudriere and point yr desktop pkg at it. You can transfer your ports optio=
ns
=66rom /var/db/ports to the poudriere build machine, get a listing of insta=
lled
ports on yr desktop with pkg prime-origins | sort -u | tee ports.lst and fe=
ed
that to poudriere with -f.

poudriere builds the ports in a clean environment so avoiding the issues wi=
th
not being able to upgrade that you've described.

I personally think this is infinitely preferable to "just install linux for=
 a
simpler life" because nothing is simple and I know more about freebsd than
linux. With poudriere you get to modify options you want out of ports so is
better than linux and the freebsd pkg repositories in this regard. All the
ease of pkg and the flexibility of ports. Plus there are other non-ports
considerations for using freebsd, like ZFS.

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J.

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