14. Installing the Ports Collection.
Introduction to FreeBSD

During the install process, it will ask you if you want to install the Ports collection. The Ports collection is a source code distribution of the Package collection. Programs from the Ports collection get compiled for each -RELEASE of FreeBSD and placed in the Package collection. Getting a program from the Ports Collection, instead of the Packages Collection, is kind of like getting an uncooked pizza, it takes more work, but you can pick off the onions if you want.

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