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Date:      Tue, 17 Mar 2009 10:03:24 +0200
From:      Giorgos Keramidas <keramida@ceid.upatras.gr>
To:        "Daniel" <annonymejens+bsd@runbox.no>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Compiling everything myself?
Message-ID:  <87fxhcshir.fsf@kobe.laptop>
In-Reply-To: <E1LjNq9-0007w5-03@fenris.runbox.com> (Daniel's message of "Tue,  17 Mar 2009 02:11:32 +0100 (CET)")
References:  <E1LjNq9-0007w5-03@fenris.runbox.com>

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On Tue, 17 Mar 2009 02:11:32 +0100 (CET), "Daniel" <annonymejens+bsd@runbox.no> wrote:
> Hi list
>
> This may be a basic question, but a question non the less.
>
> I have been using Debian for some years and have gotten tired by
> system freezes, having a slow system, and having a package system that
> requires that I install every skin of KDE to get KDE up and running.
>
> I hope FreeBSD will be better! :-)
>
> What I want to know is the following: Do I get the option of fetching
> sources and running through a guided compilation; or do I get binaries
> (like Debian) only?

Yes.  The `Ports' system can be used to compile your own packages.
Build-time options can be set either to the defaults or to a local
customization of those defaults.

You can find more information about the Ports system by reading the
ports(7) manpage or the relevant Handbook section:

  http://www.FreeBSD.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/ports.html




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