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Installing Applications and Keeping PC‑BSD® Updated/9.2

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There are several methods of managing software on a PC-BSD system:

1. PBIs and AppCafe™, the easy PC-BSD way (recommended).

2. Binary packages, the quick FreeBSD way.

3. The ports collection, the slow FreeBSD way.

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 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.

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

  • AppCafe™ to install PBI software from a graphical application
  • PBI Manager to manage PBI software from the command line
  • Update Manager to manage operating system and software updates from a graphical application
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