User eerielinux is back with a blog regarding using FreeBSD with Ports. In this one he shows us how to install packages in the original BSD way using various tools such as portsnap and portmaster. See the link below for the full documentation.
Installing software on Unix-like systems originally meant compiling everything from source and then copying the resulting program to the desired location. This is much more complicated than people unfamiliar with the subject may think. I’ve written an article about the history of *nix package management for anyone interested to get an idea of what it once was like and how we got what we have today.