I think "official" freedos release must be just 2 or 3 "floppies", as
MSDOS was
 Boot system + basic drivers and tools (and both, cdrom and floppy image
are required).

No package manager needed for this "base system"

Aditional to this, the community or any interested user can release
cdroms with
software collections.  Such collections may include a package manager or a
centralized install menu but is not required.

Simpler to understand and mantain.  Any person will install only the
apps really need, and the install or update of "base system" is simple
and quick


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El 25/06/2012 05:23 p.m., Mateusz Viste escribiĆ³:
> Hello,
>
> I do agree with Rugxulo. Just adding my 2cts regarding FDUpdate (I'm the one 
> responsible for creating the monster).
>
>> Since I too often don't have networking in native DOS, I've never
>> relied on FDupdate. Presumably it can (or could) do so, but I don't
>> know the specifics. I don't know if it updates your install or
>> (presumably) only the .ZIP files themselves.
> The idea of FDUpdate was to provide some kind of semi-graphical manager that 
> would allow the average joe to add/update whatever packages in its system.
> To do so, FDUpdate downloads a list of available pakages from the FreeDOS 
> repository (the URL of the repository is configurable via a configuration 
> file), then it presents the list in a pseudo graphical menu with some 
> descriptions about every package, and let the user to choose packages to 
> install.
> FDUpdate is, however, just a nifty frontend. In the background it calls wget 
> or htget (the downloader backend is configurable) to download the *.zip files 
> into a temp directory, and then it calls FDPKG to install these zip files.
> All this would be great, but - as Rugxulo already noted - there is far too 
> few packages online to make FDUPDATE actually useable in real life. There are 
> also some minor (mostly cosmetic) bugs here and there, which I didn't ever 
> cared to fix, as I quite quickly lost hope, as the whole packaging work was 
> way more than what I could ever handle on my free time... and without 
> packages, a packager is, well, useless.
>
>> Yes, you pretty much have to install or update things manually. I hate
>> to say it, but FDupdate seems like a failed experiment.
> Indeed. 'Failed experiment' is a term that describes FDUpdate quite 
> accurately. Altough I prefer to think about it as a 'proof of concept' work ;)
>
> In other words - don't put any hope into using FDUPDATE for any serious 
> update of your FreeDOS system. FDUPDATE will probably never be useable - 
> unless suddenly there is an army of volunteers that starts massively 
> populating the FDUPDATE repository (which is highly unlikely to ever happen 
> anyway).
>
> Ciao,
> Mateusz
>
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