Free is too expensive (Economist)
Posted Apr 2, 2012 0:54 UTC (Mon) by rqosa
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> Distributions basically impose “it's my way or the highway”: you can pick from the given selection of goods but the assortment is centrally planned and provided.
This used to be a source of frustration for me, until I switched to Arch Linux. This is for two reasons:
- It is quite easy to develop package build scripts;
- It has a semi-official repository of user-contributed package build scripts.
As a consequence, it's much
easier to use software that's not in the distribution. It's even possible to replace major infrastructure components (like installing the latest Git snapshot of Mesa with the experimental i915g driver
), which would be a major hassle on dpkg/rpm-based distributions.
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