Linked by Andrew Youll on Tue 19th Jul 2005 15:57 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews PC-BSD 0.7.8 has been released and I also recently conducted an interview with PC-BSD Project leader Kris Moore.
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RE[3]: Looks awesome
by jayc on Tue 19th Jul 2005 20:33 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Looks awesome"
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Dozens is probably an overstatement, but it is a valid observation. However, look at it this way - I'd rather replace ten copies of a library (if you need to, most of the programs will work fine with the original lib) than to replace one copy of a lib and have it break ten programs.

Dozens is actually an understatement. And this isn't about bug fixes. It's about security.

"apt-cache rdepends zlib1g" returns 1,848 packages that use zlib. Imagine if a user just had 10% of these packages installed. That's 184 pieces of software or libraries that would have to be ugpraded. And 184 of those must be upgraded to plug the security hole.

Shared libraries solve this problem by centrally updating a single library. The linked programs never even have to know about it.

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