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1. PBIs and AppCafe™, the easy PC-BSD way (recommended).
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2. Binary [http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/packages-using.html packages], the quick FreeBSD way.
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In PC-BSD®, software is divided into PBIs, meta-packages, and package sets:
  
3. The [http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/ports-using.html ports collection], the slow FreeBSD way.
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* '''PBIs''' are single applications, such as web browsers or multimedia utilities. PBIs are installed and managed using [[Using AppCafe® | AppCafe®]]. [[Update Manager]] will automatically notify you when newer versions of installed PBIs become available.
  
AppCafe™ provides an intuitive, graphical method for managing software. Binary packages and ports use command-line tools and require previous knowledge or some time to learn how to use these tools. If you are unfamiliar with how to use FreeBSD packages or ports, it is recommended that you practice first [[Ports Jail|Using Ports Jail]] before trying to install software directly onto your PC-BSD system. Advanced FreeBSD users can continue to use ports and packages as they would on a FreeBSD system.
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* '''Meta-packages''' are installable software collections that can be considered the same as system components. Meta-packages are selected during installation and include supported and unsupported desktops, development utilities, hardware drivers, and miscellaneous applications such as MythTV or XBMC. After installation, your initial meta-package choices can be modified using [[System_Manager#Install/Uninstall Desktops and System Components | System Manager]]. [[Warden®]] also supports meta-packages, allowing you to install system components into a jail.
  
This section demonstrates the following PC-BSD tools for managing software on your PC-BSD system:
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* '''Package sets''' include the default packages that get installed with any PC-BSD® system, plus the meta-packages which are selected for installation by the user. The list of packages which are installed with the operating system PC-BSD®&nbsp;9.1 are listed in the  {{citelink|url=http://trac.pcbsd.org/browser/pcbsd/branches/9.1/build-files/metapkgsets/pcbsd/pkgset/base-system/ports-list|txt=base-system ports-list}}. You can also view the package list for each meta-package on the {{citelink|url=http://trac.pcbsd.org/browser/pcbsd/branches/9.1/build-files/metapkgsets/pcbsd/pkgset?order=name|txt=trac site}}. [[Update Manager]] will automatically notify you when a new package set is ready -- this typically occurs every week or two -- making it easy to keep the software that came with the operating system up-to-date.
  
* [[Using AppCafe™ | AppCafe™]] to install PBI software from a graphical application
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{{warning|icon64=''' ''users are highly discouraged from using FreeBSD packages or ports or upgrade tools such as portupgrade or portversion from the PC-BSD® command line as [[Update Manager]] will remove your manually installed applications and upgrades.'' ''' If you wish to practice using these tools, instead use [[Warden®]] to create a ports jail. If you think an application belongs in the base system (e.g. an add-on to a desktop meta-package), suggest that it be added using one of the resources in the [[Finding Help]] section.}}
  
* [[PBI Manager]] to manage PBI software from the command line
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This section demonstrates the following PC-BSD® tools for managing software on your PC-BSD® system:
  
* [[Update Manager]] to manage operating system and software updates from a graphical application
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* [[Using AppCafe® | AppCafe®]] to install PBI software using a graphical application.
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* [[Update Manager]] to install newer versions of PBIs or package sets and to apply security patches using a graphical application.
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* [[Meta Package Manager]] to manage meta-packages from the command line.
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It also describes how to [[Create Your Own PBI Repository]] of custom PBIs.
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Revision as of 08:39, 16 April 2013

(Sorry for the inconvenience)

In PC-BSD®, software is divided into PBIs, meta-packages, and package sets:

  • PBIs are single applications, such as web browsers or multimedia utilities. PBIs are installed and managed using AppCafe®. Update Manager will automatically notify you when newer versions of installed PBIs become available.
  • Meta-packages are installable software collections that can be considered the same as system components. Meta-packages are selected during installation and include supported and unsupported desktops, development utilities, hardware drivers, and miscellaneous applications such as MythTV or XBMC. After installation, your initial meta-package choices can be modified using System Manager. Warden® also supports meta-packages, allowing you to install system components into a jail.
  • Package sets include the default packages that get installed with any PC-BSD® system, plus the meta-packages which are selected for installation by the user. The list of packages which are installed with the operating system PC-BSD® 9.1 are listed in the base-system ports-list[1]. You can also view the package list for each meta-package on the trac site[2]. Update Manager will automatically notify you when a new package set is ready -- this typically occurs every week or two -- making it easy to keep the software that came with the operating system up-to-date.


WARNING users are highly discouraged from using FreeBSD packages or ports or upgrade tools such as portupgrade or portversion from the PC-BSD® command line as Update Manager will remove your manually installed applications and upgrades. If you wish to practice using these tools, instead use Warden® to create a ports jail. If you think an application belongs in the base system (e.g. an add-on to a desktop meta-package), suggest that it be added using one of the resources in the Finding Help section.

This section demonstrates the following PC-BSD® tools for managing software on your PC-BSD® system:

  • AppCafe® to install PBI software using a graphical application.
  • PBI Manager to manage PBI software using command line utilities.
  • Update Manager to install newer versions of PBIs or package sets and to apply security patches using a graphical application.

It also describes how to Create Your Own PBI Repository of custom PBIs.


References


  1. http://trac.pcbsd.org/browser/pcbsd/branches/9.1/build-files/metapkgsets/pcbsd/pkgset/base-system/ports-list
  2. http://trac.pcbsd.org/browser/pcbsd/branches/9.1/build-files/metapkgsets/pcbsd/pkgset?order=name