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Absolute FreeBSD, 2nd Edition by Michael W. Lucas

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Using Packages

Packages are precompiled software from the Ports Collection, bundled up for a particular version of FreeBSD. We're going to discuss using packages first, as they're generally easier and faster than ports. Once you have a grip on packages, we'll proceed to ports.

Installing software as a package can save you a great deal of time because you don't have to compile it from source. Unless a piece of software has legal restrictions prohibiting distribution in compiled form, it's probably available as a package. Other software, such as Adobe Acrobat, is only available in precompiled form. Packages are available on CD and via FTP, and have the same name as the port they come from.

CD Packages

If you have a FreeBSD CD set, you already have ...

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