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NewsForge: New GNU Source Installer Eases Unix Source Installations

Jul 13, 2005, 19:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Claudio Fontana)

"GNU/Linux distributions and other Unix and Unix-like operating systems already offer a plethora of tools for installing software. Many of them rely on different package formats, and a lot of the GNU/Linux distributions' effort goes into maintaining an updated and comprehensive list of ports or packages. Sometimes this great and respectable effort does not suffice, however, and users must install from the source packages provided by the developers.

"It could be because they need some optional and less frequently used feature that must be compiled in. A binary package might be unavailable yet from the vendor or distributor, and maybe it never will be. Whatever the reason, sometimes fetching a source package and building it is the only way to go..."

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