DragonFly users List (threaded) for 2005-04
Re: Stable tag will be slipped Sunday and release engineering will begin Monday
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Bill Hacker wrote:
> Finding a way to select, then focus on keeping current, only about
> 500 or so of the 12,000 - odd ports could sure ease the burden.
This is the best way to completely kill any project. A major asset
of FreeBSD and Debian is the 12 000 ports tree. It is because you
have the choice of running whatever pleases you that you run
Debian or FreeBSD and not a ports impaired system like some other
secure BSD or some well known commercial Linux distribution.
You want to run exim, i want to run postfix and another guy wants to
run sendmail, it is the great force of the major Linux or
BSD distributions that you can do it easily. Matt is perfectly right
that a new generation ports system should be able to tolerate
several versions of the same software. In the interim, i am
just suggesting that the ayatollah technique of axing old
libraries when you install a new version is *the* major if not
unique cause of the troubles people have encountered with FreeBSD
(i don't speak about DragonflyBSD on purpose).