tarasenko at hyper.kiev.ua
Wed Apr 27 04:16:07 PDT 2005
Filip Wuytack Ð¿Ð¸ÑÐµÑ:
there seems to be another new BSD...for desktops :-)
always nice to see that BSD world growing...it can only improve cross
fertilisation between all BSD flavors
I think one of the biggest problems that such distros encounter is the
way a user can update software X.
Fresh example: i've installed OpenOffice suite (base system is FreeBSD
5.3) on some workstations in our office. Later users began to complain
that their wordprocessor goes buggy - the 'oowriter' process can just
freeze so i can't even 'kill -9' it with root privileges. Ok, i've got a
bunch of new packages, among them new version of OpenOffice. Right now
i'm reading newsgroups watching 'top' output on one of those
workstations. There's a ruby instance on the first string eating around
100% of cpu time. This is how portupgrade works - it started fixing
pkgdb 4 hours ago. And the box it's running isn't that slow - 512 Mb RAM
& Celeron IV processor.
Slow. Shamefully slow. And besides this, one should know all those
portupgrade commandline options and the way he or she should react when
pkgdb -F will ask what to do: remove perl 5.8 or 5.6, for example.
On a workstation with a lot of software, libraries, dependencies good
update management is the first question. Not an installer, not even cute
I remember how it was simple installing software (and upgrading to new
versions) on BeOS: you should just unzip archive file and put its
contents somewhere on HD. Is it a dream in bsd world?
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