Kris Moore has published an update on work being done to handle updating FreeBSD's base operating system using the pkg package manager. Unlike most Linux distributions, FreeBSD separates the core operating system from third-party packages and uses different tools to keep the pieces up to date. The new system, which is already used by TrueOS, would allow FreeBSD administrators to use one tool to keep all software on the system up to date. Moore put out a call for testing (CFT) to see how well the new system works: "I'm pleased to announce a CFT for builds of FreeBSD 12-stable and 13-current using 'TrueOS-inspired' packaged base. These are stock FreeBSD images which will allow users to perform all updating via the pkg command directly. Rather than trying to answer all questions in this announcement, we've created a FAQ page with more details. Please refer to this page, and let us know if you have additional questions that we can include on that page going forward."
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