On Sun, Dec 10, 2000 at 11:33:33PM -0600, Mike Meyer wrote:
> The thing is, the package system has grown into something more than
> that. It really is vendor-supplied and vendor-supported third party
> software, and part of the distribution.

I can back this up.  As someone that maintains over 120 FreeBSD Ports, I
get all kinds of email wanting support and this and that tweak in the
Port (and thus pre-compiled Package) that they don't want to have to
download the distfile and do the hacks themselves.  In fact many of our
Ports have quite a bit of patching to add very significant functionality
changes than one would get if they took the distfile, built and installed
the software the way the author intended them to.  Thus the Ports
Collection Packages are something very specific to FreeBSD and are not
just random 3rd party software.

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