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NewsForge: A 'Linux Desktop Base' Could Help Solve Dependency Problems

Jul 29, 2004, 07:00 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Arvind Narayanan)

"The package installation problem is one of the primary barriers to desktop Linux adoption. Most if not all solutions so far have addressed the wrong problem (at least for desktop users)--resolving dependencies at package installation time. A much better approach is to ensure that as few dependencies exist as possible. While this might seem a lofty goal, given the open source development emphasis on reusing as much code as possible, I believe this goal is indeed achievable through a process of desktop component standardization.

"The dependency problem is well analyzed and well understood (for instance see Mike Hearn's writeup). Therefore, I will restrict myself to a quick overview..."

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