Posted Apr 1, 2005 3:37 UTC (Fri) by flewellyn
In reply to: Autopackage 1.0
Parent article: Autopackage 1.0
No...distributions should package binaries, and the makers of the software can (if they choose)
package binaries as well, and if the binaries they provide aren't compatible with the distribution,
then the user can go grab a source tarball and do the usual ./configure; make; make install
dance (or, on Gentoo, the emerge dance).
This thing looks like it'd really only be helpful for distributors of proprietary software. I'm not
100% opposed to people running proprietary binaries on GNU/Linux systems, but I don't think
it's a great idea for us in the free software community to be "giving away the store" to the
vendors of these programs. If they want to package binaries for a distro, they can build
packages appropriate to that distro.
Or, y'know, create static binaries, so as to avoid library dependency headaches.
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