Linux.com: Headaches Installing Software?Mar 25, 2000, 20:59 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Daniel B. Hemmerich)
"Have you ever been frustrated while attempting to install Apache, qmail, or even SSH? Installing software, even widely used software, can cause major headaches for people who do not use Linux for a living. My computer use is limited to two operating systems: Linux and FreeBSD. They obviously have several differances and they each have their own pros and cons. However, something FreeBSD excels at, which Linux completely lacks, is something called a ports section."
"This ports section is basically a collection of Makefiles, as well as patches and documentation, of the world's most commonly used software on Unix. It allows you to simply go to the program you want to install's directory, say apache13, and type: make install -- and boom, your system is setup with Apache...."