In response to Nex6 <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>:
> install software:
> seems the way to to this is pkg_add -r software-name

packages: use pkg_add -r
ports: cd /usr/ports/category/port-name && make install


> system update:
> still not sure? tho this is probly something really simple, seems more the
> one way to do it.

cvsup is the canonical way:

But stuff like freebsd-upate has streamlined this a lot:

> main difference between packages and ports?
Packages are precompiled.  Ports are not.  Ports can be made into
packages, the reverse is not true.  See the above link.

Bill Moran
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