Bitten by the Red Hat Perl bug (InfoWorld)
Posted Aug 29, 2008 17:18 UTC (Fri) by vonbrand
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What is easier is that one can upgrade their operating system or the application independent of each other without having to learn the details of system administration. Right now, if I want a new version of Firefox, I have to upgrade my entire operating system which I do not want to do. This will also upgrade all of the other packages on my system. That's a big change just to get a new version of one program.
That's called "dependencies", i.e., shiny new <foo> package needs new
glibc's additional/fixed/... system calls, which require a new kernel, which in turn needs new administrative tools, and those...
The price you pay for fast, solid progress is that old code is just left behind. Just like a stable API in the kernel is nonsense, it applies in userland.
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