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Applications and bundled libraries

Applications and bundled libraries

Posted Mar 18, 2010 17:23 UTC (Thu) by marcH (subscriber, #57642)
Parent article: Applications and bundled libraries

> It doesn't necessarily seem too dangerous for one package, but it is something of a slippery slope.

This just looks like the same trade-off as branching or forking source code. Divergence is a slippery slope but sometimes you need the extra speed. Instead of a "pie in the sky" approach better acknowledge this need for speed so the acceleration is kept under control and things can eventually fall back on mainstream/upstream.

I do not think anyone likes the hassles of bundling libraries. Once a library becomes rock-solid all developers eventually rely on the version provided by the operating system. I just ran "ldd" on the latest stable firefox binary and the number of "libXXX" files bundled is way smaller than the total.

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