Posted Jun 27, 2007 21:35 UTC (Wed) by ksmathers
In reply to: Minimizing packages
Parent article: Counting vulnerabilities
Package dependencies arise from the configuration options selected on the machine where the developer built the system. Source based distributions do not have arbitrary dependencies. If you build an app without another library present, and if it can configure itself for the lack of library, then it does.
That can't happen effectively in a system of compiled packages, but it is only important if you are a minimalist, or if you tend to use packages from different sources (which might therefor have conflicting binary dependencies.)
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