Quotes of the week
Posted Mar 22, 2012 14:23 UTC (Thu) by khim
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The variance between distributions pales before the variance between vendors.
Sure, but that's because there are no sane way to create Linux package. Somehow other platforms (Windows, Android, etc) don't suffer from this problem.
Distributions essentially try to make all packages behave the same to simplify system management and protect user's sanity.
Freedom from porn? Sorry, if I want nice straight-jacket then MacOS and iOS are much better choices.
Vendors complain about distributions but never address the core problem which is their own abysmal non-standard and NIH release practices, that require distribution to fix them up for them.
Somehow all other, significantly more popular desktop and mobile platforms don't suffer from this problem, only the smallest one does.
Vendors always had the option to make distributions irrelevant by making clean releases themselves.
Sadly this is not possible because there are no stable ABI above GLibC/Xlib. Some vendors do that (think Adobe Reader), but this leads to huge and bloated packages.
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