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 sense. Robert Huff _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "freebsd-questions-unsubscr...@freebsd.org"