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Old 08-06-2005, 12:29 PM   #1
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Are there any binary package resource sites for FreeBSD ??


Are there any binary package resource sites for FreeBSD ??

recently had install FreeBSD ...
had been looking around for those applications that i usually use in linux back then
but most of the time , i have been redirected to FreeBSD Ports site , had downloaded some packages
but all of them need to be compiled before installation ...

am wondering are there any other sites that offer binaries packages for FreeBSD ??
or am i missing somthing obvious ??
just want to make sure

thanks in advance ...
 
Old 08-06-2005, 12:37 PM   #2
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This is not really an answer to your question but this is the best;
http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO...ook/cvsup.html
 
Old 08-06-2005, 01:59 PM   #3
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This is not really an answer to your question but this is the best; http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.IS...book/cvsup.html
thats an awesome way of doing things , kind of too difficult for me but will definately keeps your info in mind , i will try to use that one of these days ...


thanks ....
 
Old 08-06-2005, 02:43 PM   #4
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Unix binaries

Compared to Linux, the FreeBSD OS is (in theory) more friendly to binary software distribution because the platform is less volatile in it's direction than Linux, and not fragmented into many distros. Also, Linux and it's environment is mostly GNU/GPL licensed, which nearly precludes the sale and distribution of software in binary form (only). (Don't get me started .

SUNOS (Somewhat similar to FreeBSD) apps are binary distro friendly, for the same reason as FreeBSD. (In fact, most SUN apps are distributed in binary form). In practice, the FreeBSD applications are distributed as source, with a few exceptions wherein the binaries are distributed by the vendor directly. (Opera Software, for instance). This may have to do with the fact that FreeBSD has always been the domain of the NIX gurus. However; you don't have to be a NIX guru to use the ports system. It is almost as easy to install via the ports system as it is to install software binaries with an installation script.

For example, let us say that you wish to install the emulated Linux-Mozilla browser for the internet.

1) Go to /usr/ports/www/linux-mozilla
2) Type:
make
make install
make clean

Or just type:
make install clean

3) Watch it compile and install itself.

4) Start your x-windows environment

5) Run /usr/local/bin/linux-mozilla

FreeBSD is fantastic! Just dive into it, and little by little, you will accumulate know-how that enables you to look for and accumulate more know-how, in a synergistic fashion.

The CVS thing is a little more complicated (do that on day 2). But, to get started, just try a few port builds -- very easy. (CVS is just a mechanism to keep your ports tree up-to-date). Generally, on a new ISO installation, your ports tree will already be mostly up-to-date.

- Enjoy
- Ron

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Old 08-06-2005, 03:45 PM   #5
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great introduction of bsd stuffs to me ...

one more thing , if you are still there , are those local ports directories from our bsd installation on disks kind of "independent" from the differences in versions , i mean like , if we install locally from /usr/ports/www/linux-mozilla , will that be of an older version compared to those from the current ports web sites ??

just want to know more ...

and also what do you mean by "emulated" softwares in bsd ??

thanks in advance ...
 
Old 08-08-2005, 08:47 AM   #6
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if you're looking for compiled packages like the ones in the install cds... consider looking at freebsd ftp.

ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/re...EASE/packages/

Because many (if not most) of the compiled packages available for 5.4 for example are available on the ftp but not on the install cds.
Of course, pkg_add will warn you if the package you try to install deppends on some other package (this way i installed xfce and others)

PS: however you won't find the latest packages for firefox, thunderbird etc, because packages on the release ftp directory are "snapshot" from the time of the release and are not updated. Ports will do the job

Last edited by ivan.tg; 08-08-2005 at 09:13 AM.
 
Old 08-09-2005, 03:58 AM   #7
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great !! will try using that to install xfce4 , hope its works ...
had been "re-compiling" some packages , most recently xine and it needed "add-on" , i thought i wont need to do that again since redhat(i did swear at it) , but still , the "re-compiling" of packages in freebsd is not that troublesome , just time-consuming , maybe for reasons of security or bugs problems i guess , nice model , BSD ...
 
  


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