freebsd - for the win

Matthew Seaman m.seaman at
Sat Jun 12 07:06:58 UTC 2010

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On 12/06/2010 04:33:02, Randal L. Schwartz wrote:
> I'm working on a project for my client, and I spent the better part of
> two days trying to get my laptop running OSX to have the right
> combination of BerkeleyDB and Perl modules to build what I wanted.
> Turns out my Perl 5.10.1 install was incompatible with BerkeleyDB on
> OSX, but the macports version 5.8.9 was also in the wrong path, ugh.
> Finally, I said "hey, freebsd would do better here".
> Within a half day, I had a freebsd VMWare image up and running,
> executing precisely the code I wanted, and I was able to take my
> development to the next round.
> FreeBSD.  The Ports Just Work.  Nothing else like it.

Absolutely.  Especially when you compare it to MacPorts and consider the
disparity in numbers of users between MacOS and FreeBSD.  Given that the
ports is maintained by a bunch of volunteers basically in their spare
time, the fact that it is consistently of good quality and that the
popular packages are generally updated to the latest available versions
within a couple of weeks -- frequently within a few hours --
it's a pretty astonishing accomplishment.



Mind you, I am vaguely starting to wonder when perl5.12 is going to hit
the tree...

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