PC-BSD Day 3: Angels 1 – Demons 3
Between BSD and Linux there are plenty of similarities and differences from a technological, judicial and moral viewpoint. No doubt the various crowds could go head to head over those differences (which they actually do from time to time), but there is one area where BSD beats Linux hands down consistently. Its mascotte.
Tux is the cherished mascotte of Linux, but in the end it is always portrayed in the same way: a big, fat penguin with a silly grin on it’s face. No, then the little red devil with it’s fork that runs around in the world of BSD. BSD graphics artists really play with the mascotte in a creative way. Just take a look at the splash screen of KPorts.
Tempting the devil
I like the Bible. It is my guide for professional and private life, one that I always want to keep close at hand. There is a lot of software available for reading and studying the scriptures and I want some of it on my computer as well no matter the operating system it runs on. One, I want to install either BibleTime or GnomeSword which provide access to a large collection of free Bible translations and dictionaries. Second, I want to install a denominational collection that is designed for Windows but -with the help of Wine- runs nicely under Ubuntu Linux. So, how did it go on PC-BSD
Angels 0 – Demons 1
Given the choice between BibleTime and GnomeSword I went for the KDE based BibleTime. I really did not feel like a lengthy install process again with tons of dependencies. Just to make sure my ports collection was up to date I ran the update process under KPorts and selected BibleTime. The program was available as source (1.6.x) or as binary (1.4.x). I don’t know why, but I opted for the most recent package. Again the process went from dependency to dependency only to report multiple time that those dependencies could not be resolved. Finally it ended, leaving me without BibleTime.
Angels 0 – Demons 2
Now I am never the guy to give up that easily. I went back to KPorts and selected the option to install the binary version of BibleTime. That did give less dependency related warnings. All dependencies could be met. Unfortunately, most packages installed on the new PC-BSD system were of a more recent nature than 1.4.x needed which was a new reason for the installation to fail.
Angels 1 – Demons 2
As a third attempt I went to the PBI website. That provided me with a PBI package of BibleTime 1.6.x. It was a matter of downloading and installing the package before I finally could fire up BibleTime and download the various Bible translations and dictionaries.
Angels 1 – Demons 3
I installed Wine on the first day and with my previous experience under Ubuntu I really expected the install of my own library to go smoothly. And it did. No glitches, no strange or uncommon warnings. Nothing wrong. Until I tried to run the program and got crash warnings. Needless to say it was very frustrating to run into a snag like this.
Am I mistaken but did that red devil’s grin got a little wider just now?