Kurt Jaeger lists at
Mon Jan 12 17:40:15 UTC 2015


> Honestly; why did pkg(8) have to be *required*?

Because those that are really active in maintaining it had the choice of

- keeping the old system running, and breaking down on the burden of doing so 


- migrating to the pkgng setup which allows to cope with the rate of
  change in the non-freebsd-base software world

It's an economics question: Those players in the open-source OS market
that have the resources to keep going will stay afloat.

FreeBSD had the choice to loose more active maintainers trying to
keep the old state or attract new ones with the new state. It's a
gamble, and if enough people like the old style more, they probably
have to fork.

I've used both styles for a while and yes, the switchover takes
time and patience, but it's not the end-of-the-world.

pi at            +49 171 3101372                         5 years to go !

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