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Date:      Tue, 19 Jul 2011 11:54:23 +0200
From:      Polytropon <>
To:        Jerome Herman <>
Subject:   Re: Lennart Poettering: BSD Isn't Relevant Anymore
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On Tue, 19 Jul 2011 11:20:29 +0200, Jerome Herman wrote:
> On 19/07/2011 08:11, Polytropon wrote:
> > Arguing... what is easier at manually locating software using
> > a web browser, manually downloading it and interactively
> > holding the installer's hand while installing software? :-)
> Well, of course installing is easier. But package management is not just 
> about installing.

Of course it's not _that_ simple. :-)

> Rigid packages won't allow fine grained tweaking that you might need.

In such cases, compiling from source seems to be the
preferred method - which is still possible on PC-BSD,
although it's often suggested to stay with PBI.

> > You could create a port that brings all this functionality
> > in one rush. Remember that the ports collection is more than
> > just about installing software - it can be used to even
> > bring such features to the system and configure them.
> A port that would reboot in single user, use tunefs to activate ACL here 
> and there, activate MAC and move most users to an LDAP auth ? I don't 
> think so.
> Actually I would be scared if such a port was accepted in the port tree.

In fact, that would be dangerous - especially if used
by people who have no clue about what they're doing.

What I was refering to is the ability of a meta-port
to install a selected mix of ports, apply configuration
and provide templates for common configurations. Of
course it's up to the admin to instantiate those new
functionality on the system.

Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...

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