Installing Applications and Keeping PC‑BSD® Updated/9.2

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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® and 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-packages 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 9.1 PC-BSD operating system are listed here. CHANGE URL WHEN 9.1 IS RELEASED You can also view the package list for each meta-package here. Update Manager will automatically notify you when a new package set is ready--typically this occurs every week or two, making it easy to keep the software that came with the operating system up-to-date.

NOTE: 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 manual software installations 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.