Just NOW fragmenting? Sure...
Posted Mar 1, 2006 19:35 UTC (Wed) by wilck
In reply to: Just NOW fragmenting? Sure...
Parent article: Linux fragmenting at last?
As Elanthis already said, the problem not only applies to binaries, but shell scripts as well. Writing an app that correctly installs e.g. rc scripts with dependencies on Red Hat, Suse, and Debian is a nightmare.
While the priorities of proprietary vendors may not be a "free software concern", they are a distribution concern, and they should be. Unfortunately, at the current state of fragmentation, it's often impossible for authors to support more than RedHat and SUSE Enterprise distros, and the rest of the world must see for themselves.
Having everything a user might need in a distibution repository is impossible. Even with Debian's 15000 or so packages you encounter stuff they don't have. In the enterprise market where the distibutions need to _support_ all official packages, there is a strong trend towards "less is more" (compare the package lists for SLES9 and SUSE 9.1, for example).
And please, explain why downloading a binary installer that smoothly integrates a software into your system is "technically inferior" to "configure; make; make install".
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