Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 31st Jul 2006 18:05 UTC, submitted by boklm
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris The first beta version of Mandriva Linux 2007 has been released. Available in four differents flavours live/install CDs (KDE or GNOME, i586 or x86_64) or in a whole new dual architecture Installation DVD, get a glimpse of the next Mandriva Linux 2007 edition.
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Are you guys serious?
by Guppetto on Tue 1st Aug 2006 15:19 UTC
Guppetto
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2005-07-06

I'm not sure if there is some Eugenia resentment or somthing going on, but anyone that uses an rpm based distro will at some point indeed need the dev libraries to go through the tried and true:

./configure --prefix=
make
su -c "make install"

It's the only full proof way to really bypass the term commonly refered to as RPM Hell. Sure, on most occassions I can find a working rpm and install it via the gui and go on my merry way, but somtimes you'll need to link to a required library (.so or .la file) to get the application running, and the only way to actually compile the source is to have the header files (dev files). I'm not foolish enough to throw out a percentage of users that are forced to go through this process, but I'd be inclined to think that more than 50% of Linux users that I know, are prepared and willingly accept that this will happen. Hell, compiling from source is almost like getting you meret badge of Linux honor, and you can't compile without the dev libraries, which I always install during the initial instilation process, because downloading them later is a major PITA because they are large. For those of you using Debian (and it's children), you may have been lucky enough with those huge software libraries never to actually have to go through this process, but your day is comming. Mandriva has such a large user base that most of the time the dependancy requirments will catch the required dev libraries, but it is far from full proof.

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