Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Jun 2008 16:51 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Linux Installing software on Linux. In the world of online minefields, this is the big one. Back in the day, you installed software on Linux by compiling it manually. Time-consuming, but assuming you had a decent knowledge of gcc, make, and maintaining library files, this could actually work. Later one came the package management systems that were supposed to make installing software on Linux a breeze: rpm, dpkg, and so on, and so forth. Since human beings have the innate tendency to assume that everyone else is wrong and only they are right, we are now stuck with 3453495 different Linux package managers. Denis Washington, a Fedora developer, is taking steps to resolve this issue.
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by Moonbuzz on Tue 24th Jun 2008 18:48 UTC in reply to "RE: ..."
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I still say the solution for third party software is to simply treat "/opt" like "C:/Program Files/".

Only it's not their decision to make. Honestly, if I wanted third party developers to treat my computer like it was their own back yard, I'd use Windows.

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