PortBrowser Eases OpenBSD Tasks

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2004-11-22 Print this article Print

OpenBSD boxes typically aren't configured to run with graphical interfaces.

OpenBSD boxes typically arent configured to run with graphical interfaces. However, I find that a GUI makes certain tasks much easier. For instance, browsing through the software packages installed on a system and those packages available for installation goes a lot more quickly when you can scroll and click through the job.

OpenBSD benefits from a nice software installation system, called ports, which handles package dependencies and includes provisions both for installing ready-to-go software binaries and for compiling software from source.

During my tests of OpenBSD 3.6, I came across a handy app called PortBrowser, which provides ports with a GTK-based graphical front end that makes it easy to install, uninstall and seek out information about OpenBSD packages.

Click here to read the review of OpenBSD 3.6. For more information about PortBrowser or to get a free download, cruise to  
As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. Jason's coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at jbrooks@eweek.com.

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