Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Jun 2007 16:38 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Benchmarks "We have developed a new package-management tool, called Opium, that improves on current tools in two ways: Opium is complete, in that if there is a solution, Opium is guaranteed to find it, and Opium can optimize a user-provided objective function, which could for example state that smaller packages should be preferred over larger ones. We performed a comparative study of our tool against Debian's apt-get on 600 traces of real-world package installations. We show that Opium runs fast enough to be usable, and that its completeness and optimality guarantees provide concrete benefits to end users."
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RE[3]: thinstall
by Luminair on Mon 4th Jun 2007 22:54 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: thinstall"
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I agree with what you're saying ;)

Re: downloading redundant updates, and storing redundant data in memory

It's the same as hard disk space. Look at the present and the future, not the past.

Explicitly: Hard drive space, memory space, and bandwidth are all dirt cheap. Some people get ripped off more than others, but they are all dirt cheap in reality.

Today: $100 for 500gb of hard drive space. $20 for 1gb of ram. $10 a month for 3000GB of website transfers. $40 a month for 5Mbps download speed to your home. And you can find even better rates when you leave North America and enter small European countries where they rip you off less.

So keep that in mind when you think of how much hard drive space, memory space, and bandwidth would be used by statically linking all those small libraries.

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