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Old 13th July 2008
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Default Why ports?

Hi
everyone I have been using freebsd for about a month now and I have the following questions:

1) Why ports? It often takes such a long time to compile these packages and to install it. For example, it took me like an hour to compile azureus and mozilla. Why then is this preferred?

2) What controls the network service in FreeBSD? I tried to back up everything I have on my laptop, and I used scp. Whenever it uploads after a certain amount of time, my freebsd 's internet connection gets completely cut off. How do I diagnose this problem?
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