Compiling everything myself?
roberthuff at rcn.com
Tue Mar 17 04:56:47 PDT 2009
Olivier Nicole writes:
> > 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?
> I'd say that installing from the source is part of the phylosophy
> of FreeBSD. There are pre-compiled packages, but as I see them,
> they are only designed to be bootstrap, not to be used on a long
> term basis.
While I strongly favor the "roll you own" approach, not every
one has the time or patience to sit through building some of the
larger applications like Java or KDE/GNOME or (worst of all)
OpenOffice. In those limited cases, installing by package makes
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