Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th Jun 2009 12:24 UTC, submitted by ralsina
OSNews, Generic OSes There are a lot of people who believe that program and application management is currently as good as it gets. Because the three major platforms - Windows, Linux, Mac OS X - all have quite differing methods of application management, advocates of these platforms are generally unwilling to admit that their methods might be flawed, leading to this weird situation where over the past, say, 20 years, we've barely seen any progress in this area. And here we are, with yet another article submitted to our backend about how, supposedly, Linux' repository method sucks or rules.
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RE[5]: Stupid
by giddie on Sat 27th Jun 2009 13:07 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Stupid"
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You missed my point. Who determines what compile time options are enabled when packages are created?

Oh come on -- I accept that there are plenty of technical difficulties to overcome before a really nice system can emerge, but this really isn't one of them.

There's a reason all the large cross-platform toolkits like Qt and GTK+ ensure binary compatibility. These large libraries really won't give you any difficulty across distributions. If you're talking about the sort of utility libraries that give you the option to exclude certain features at compile-time, that's a different story. For those libraries, you'd obviously be looking to bundle a copy of the library with the application.

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