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  FreeBSD for Linux Users
Subject:   pkgsrc for linux
Date:   2008-03-01 06:28:11
From:   riotxix
As I understand, the pkg management tool (using the same tree as netbsd) is available for linux.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pkgsrc


So you don't need to learn new syntax or wait for PS3 support (which linux has had for a year now), but you can have an excellent multi-distribution portage system. No more learning brand new linux-distro-specific port tools.


I don't understand why there are so many distributions trying to re-implement the same wheel (with apt, rpm, {gentoo ports, crux ports, arch ports}, etc.) when they should all be working towards two single well maintaned trees (precompiled packages (like .deb), or source ports(like pkgsrc, which isn't just for BSD anymore)).


I DO understand why different distributions exist (newbies who need ease and multimedia (ubuntu/mandrake) vs. geeks who need the latest hardware support (linux w/ src compilation & loadable kernel drivers) vs. server admins who need a stable all in one distro with a reputation and easy uprading (BSD)).