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Network Administration with FreeBSD 7 by Babak Farrokhi

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Chapter 3. System Configuration—Software Package Management

FreeBSD is well-known for its efficient package management system. From a system administrator's point of view, these features are extremely time-saving. Using the FreeBSD ports and package management tools, system administrators do not have to deal with the manual software installation and hence avoid the dependency pitfall. Using software package management facilities available in FreeBSD, installing and upgrading software has turned from a painful process into an entertaining task.

FreeBSD also has a rich library of available software applications and utilities. With these ready to-install software packages (about 17,000 (and counting)), you will hardly find a *nix-based software which ...

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