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Can Linux Find One Good Way to Install Software?

Jun 25, 2008, 00:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

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"I'm not sure when the fights over how to install programs started in Linux, but it was probably not longer after there were three Linux users on the planet. Things haven't gotten any better.

"In part that's because people never recall their history. For example, when Denis Washington, a Fedora developer suggested on the Linux Foundation mailing list that it was high-time for developers get on the stick and start working on an API (application programming interface) that would enable ISVs (independent software vendors) to 'install software packages which integrate into the package manager--the 'Berlin Packaging API,'' he ran into resistance..."

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