Free is too expensive (Economist)
Posted Mar 31, 2012 10:09 UTC (Sat) by rqosa
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> No need to upgrade Cocoa, Quarz, XNU, or some other system component.
In my experience, that's not always true. For example, once I was developing a program on OpenJDK 6 for Linux and tried to run it on a Mac, only to find that this machine was running an older version of Mac OS X with an older JDK that didn't have one of the methods I was using, and that the only way to get a newer JDK was to upgrade to a new Mac OS X version or download or compile a build of OpenJDK that would run on this version (and I'm not sure if this latter option was actually possible). Or another time, I was trying to use ffmpeg on Mac OS X, and found that the most recent build of it (from the "ffmpegX" project) was long out of date, and trying to build the Fink package for ffmpeg (on a system where Fink hadn't been installed previously) took a really long time to download and compile all of its dependencies and build-dependencies.
By comparison, on Arch Linux, I've occasionally tried out development snapshots of various programs / system components (examples include: KWebKitPart before it was released; the Gallium-based alternative i915 video driver; and the Calligra branch of Krita and its dependencies) by building them from AUR packages, which is usually not too difficult, and it's also not difficult to remove them and revert back to the system-provided packages.
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