Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Mon 11th Jan 2010 15:57 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews A few weeks ago, we asked for the OSNews community to help with some questions we were going to ask Aaron Griffin from the Arch Linux team, and the response was glorious and somewhat phenomenal. We added those questions to our own and sent them on over, and then we were surprised by receiving not only Aaron Griffin's responses but answers from various individuals from the team.
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RE[2]: Ugh
by nt_jerkface on Wed 13th Jan 2010 04:21 UTC in reply to "RE: Ugh"
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??? The same thing gets done for those platforms. Have you never used a ports system on OS X, or various native FOSS ports?

No I haven't used a ports system on OSX because it isn't the main method of software distribution. I've found everything I needed at Softpedia.

Apple wisely ditched the shared library system in favor of application independence. The MacPorts project is a community effort to make compiling open source Unix utilities easier for users.

It's no more efficient. It's just less work due to using more popular platforms.

There *could* be greater compatibility across distros just as there is compatibility across different versions of Windows. Even if the distros followed a very basic common library that would cut down the repackaging time immensely. It's an inefficient system from a software engineering perspective. Even if Windows and OSX didn't exist it would still be inefficient since there is so much redundant work.

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