Just NOW fragmenting? Sure...
Posted Mar 1, 2006 0:29 UTC (Wed) by bk
In reply to: Just NOW fragmenting? Sure...
Parent article: Linux fragmenting at last?
Getting a binary that runs on multiple Linux distros isn't as easy as it should be.
This seems like an irrelevant argument to me. Binary distribution is basically broken. Unless you are a proprietary software vendor (and I don't believe that their priorities should be a free software concern) there is little reason to concentrate on binary distribution.
Major distributions are (slowly) converging upon the repository/package-manager modality. There's a master package tree maintained by the distribution (who usually handles compilation and integration) and a suite of tools for end users to utilize that repository. Consequently, there is less and less justification for individual developers or projects to worry about the details of binary packaging. Let the distributions worry about that; after all, they are the experts in how their system works.
Furthermore I think it is often (but not necessarily) more secure for users to install software from an authenticated upstream repository as opposed to downloading and installing binary blobs from random websites. That is the Windows way of doing things and it's antiquated and, arguably, technically inferior.
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