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

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