Minor effor for WHO?
Posted Jul 9, 2009 16:16 UTC (Thu) by khim
In reply to: Small problem for Linux ? Sure. Big problem for Linux user? Of course.
Parent article: Google Chrome OS and the community
If your goal is to distribute only one "universal" binary, you
are right this is seldom possible.
Your goal is to give
something they can use.
If on the other hand you start from
source then it often just works or with only a minor
...if you know how to install stuff from source. I
surprised at first when I found few years ago that some of my friends who
work as admins don't know C and don't know how to compile programs from
source... but then - why should they? It's rarely needed and when it's the
only possibility - they can contact me and I'll help them (at first it was
for free, later when I've tried to say "enough is enough" they just offered
me to pay for my skills and now everyone is happy). If even admins can not
compile stuff from source - what chance do you think "Joe Average" will
Porting your source code from one Unix vendor to the other was
generally much more difficult than from one Linux distribution to the
other. Simply because Linux distributions share most of their underlying
Sure - this was the point in article. And
my point is that such effort is still required if you are talking
about programs for "normal users"... and there are more Linux distributions
then there were Unix vendors...
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