Small problem for Linux ? Sure. Big problem for Linux user? Of course.
Posted Jul 9, 2009 3:10 UTC (Thu) by khim
Parent article: Google Chrome OS and the community
The availability and management of libraries works well enough
that it's often possible to move complicated binaries between distributions
and expect them to run.
Sorry, but this is not true at all. When you grab stuff from older
distribution you need to install some kind of compat package. If you grab
stuff from newer distribution - you often need new version of some vital
library (like glibc). Sometimes you can use alien libraries and
LD_LIBRARY_PATH instead (this is how I used 7z from Hardy in Dapper). Are
these obstacles insurmountable? Not at all - there are a lot of people who
can do it. Millions of them - 1% of PC users is a good astimate, I guess -
and coincidently this is the size of Linux "desktop penetration"...
Fragmentation does not hurt Linux development... much, but... it sure as
hell does hurt Linux adoption. Things are not working "out of the
box" if you go beyond your distribution's repository - and this is a
big deal for Joe Average...
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