Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Nov 2006 10:55 UTC, submitted by Jean Claude
Linux French députés' offices will be equipped with a Linux operating system and open source productivity software. There will be 1154 French parliamentary workstations running on an open source OS, with OpenOffice.org, Firefox and an open source email client.
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RE[5]: Things to consider
by ma_d on Mon 27th Nov 2006 18:28 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Things to consider"
ma_d
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Compilation is memory intensive and CPU intensive.

Some libraries actually get shared quite a bit, examples:
Gtk/QT (obvious, and everyone shares them)
libgcrypt (what do you think is used in all those crypto programs on Linux?)
gtkhtml (could be, but many applications reinvent the wheel here because html isn't the best way to display everything that's pretty)
kdelibs (there's a lot of stuff here that's very effectively shared amongst kde applications, and some of it is necessary in order to ensure centralized handling of network protocols).

And some libraries seem to only get used by one program. Often this is because it doesn't make sense to have multiple programs: Example, an irc library. But linux software is usually designed around having a package manager to deal with these issues.
Linux has taken the high road here and it's a touch one. Obviously it's not going to be as easy to use, but the users seem to appreciate it nonetheless. And it's users whom you should cater to and not potential users if you're a respectable human being.

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