Linked by David Adams on Fri 17th Dec 2004 18:20 UTC, submitted by jeanmarc
Editorial The real heart of open source lies in its potential to be greater than the sum of its parts, the capacity to leverage the talent and abilities of an entire community of developers and users who are striving towards a common goal, according to an editorial at Linux Insider.
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@Darius (continued - damn 8,000 character limit!)
by A nun, he moos on Sat 18th Dec 2004 07:53 UTC

No, I would pick them by hand.

Well, by hand or at random? You're contradicting yourself.

And it has to be the latest version.

Why? I thought what counted was to have the "right tool for the right job"?

Not the 'bleeding edge' beta version, but just the latest stable version. For example, I just went to the k3b website and noticed that the latest version is 0.11.18, so that is the one I want. 0.11.17 or 0.11.16 don't cut it - has to be the latest.

K3b on the cooker repository is version 0.11.18. However, it does usually take a few days for the latest version to be package for a distro, unless the developer packages it with an auto-installer itself. This is becoming more common, by the way - but ultimately it's the developer's responsibility (packages are the distro maker's).

Of course, using bleeding-edge packages does mean that you may have instability, especially for lower-level applications such as DEs or WMs. However, I do run a selectively cookerized Mandrake box with almost no hitches. As with every software, if you want stability first, don't go with the latest version - this is often true of Windows software as well, btw (i.e. also known as "better wait for the first service pack or revision before migrating"...)

I'm not looking for a single place to install software, just a single, consistant method.[...]Sometimes I have to double click on a .exe inside of a zip file or else simply unzip to a directory, but that's about as difficult as it usually gets.

You're contradicting yourself within a single paragraph, here.

If you think there is a single way to install software on Windows, then you've got anothing coming. There are dozens of installers (though InstallShield is the most popular one). Even Windows has different installers.

Personally, I think software repositories with nice frontends are much better: RedCarpet, Xandros Networks, Linspire's Click-n-Run are good for newbies, Mandrake's RPMdrake and other similar tools are good for more experienced users.

So, if you say to me 'This is how to install apps in this distro', even if it is done by dropping to a command line and typing 'install application', as long as it works for all 20 apps, then you're good.

I'd love to take your challenge, but unfortunately I must decline as it is much too easy to load the dice in your favor: all you have to do is look throught the distro's software depository and look for an obscure, minor or obsolete app that isn't in it.

That, and I'm leaving tomorrow morning for the week-end. However, I can say that - personally - I can find anything I need in the Mandrake repositories, so for me it is indeed the "right tool for the right job" (see, I'm guilty of using cliches too...)

On that note, I bid you farewell for doubt we'll talk more about this in a future thread! Until then, don't assume too much and watch out for the trolls...from both sides of the bridge!