DragonFly 3.4 released!

John Marino dragonflybsd at marino.st
Wed May 1 09:42:51 PDT 2013

On 4/30/2013 06:24, Justin Sherrill wrote:
> Version 3.4 of DragonFly is officially out.
> If you are planning to try the new dports system for installing
> third-party software, check the DPorts Howto page:
> http://www.dragonflybsd.org/docs/howtos/HowToDPorts/

I've been reading a lot of the response to DPorts on the various 
outlets, and there's a common misconception that users are expected to 
build software from source.

We definitely should have mentioned in the release announcement and the 
HowTo that there are over 19,600 pre-built binary packages available for 
both the i386 and x86_64 platforms for the 3.4 release (A greater than 
10,000 package increase over pkgsrc when you removed multiversion 

In fact, building from source is the exception.  I expect the vast 
majority of users to only use pre-built binaries.  The delivery *is* 
very apt-like thanks to the hard work Baptiste and others have done 
making pkgng a top-notch tool.  It's humorous and sad (simultaneously) 
that the criticism that DragonFly has received on their package 
situation is untrue.

It's a lessons-learned for the next release: Publish the number of 
pre-built packages so that it's clear it's not a "compile your own 
software for two days" situation.  Pkgsrc pre-built package numbers need 
to get published too.


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