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NorthernJourney.com: Linux for Newbies pt. 22: Installing Packages from Source

Apr 28, 2001, 18:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gene Wilburn)

[ Thanks to Gene Wilburn for this link. ]

"Rolling your own" software was once the main way to add new programs and packages to a Linux system. Grab a tarball, untar it, configure, compile and install. This is the "classic" way to add new stuff to a system and there are times, as we'll see in this installment, when it's still the best."

"Back in Part 17 we learned how to install and remove packages using the RPM package manager. RPM and its Debian GNU/Linux counterpart, DEB, have made installing and removing software very simple. Given the large number of packages in a modern distribution, installing and removing binaries with package managers has become an accepted convenience."

"Convenience, however, can lead to dependence. Once you form a dependency on pre-rolled packages, you give up a considerable amount of decision making to the maintainers of the packages. You take it on trust that they know what they're doing. Most of the time this works out, but if you ever encounter one of the "RPMs from hell" you'll think twice about the wisdom of accepting RPM's blindly."

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