Merging or adapting FreeBSD ports to other package systems

On occasion, a discussion arises on various mailing lists about why FreeBSD ports don't merge (or at least adapt code from) other package management systems, especially the other BSDs. Here are some specific points that MarkLinimon feels are relevant; they represent his own opinions and not necessarily those of portmgr.

pkgsrc

OpenBSD ports

in general

Conclusion

These are different projects with different goals. To the extent that we can share effort, we should, but IMHO it is dangerous to underestimate the amount of effort required to create something that will meet all goals of all users.

See also

PackageSystemsComparison

PackageSystemsMerging (last edited 2011-09-01 08:00:55 by MarkLinimon)