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Linux Here's a topic guaranteed to start controversy. Which Linux distribution is best? It all depends on your criteria for judging. Even then the topic is highly subjective. Here are a few nominees for "best distro" in specific categories.
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RE[5]: Comment by marcp
by zlynx on Thu 25th Oct 2012 20:00 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by marcp"
zlynx
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Absolutely they do, I completely agree but its such a waste of time having to package the same program in 2 different formats to satisfy what is essentially 1 operating system.


Even if every Linux system used the same package format it would not solve the problem.

For example, Ubuntu 12 has moved to using an entirely new directory for .so libraries. How would you build a package that could install on Ubuntu 12 and on Debian and on Fedora, when all of them have slightly different file locations? And you cannot just define a %lib% macro because some programs need hard-coded file paths built into the binary.

Also, programs need to be built against different library versions. Some distros may be using libcurl.so.4 while others use libcurl.so.3. Or openssl vs gnutls.

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