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OSNews: LSB and 'Dependency Hell': The Buck Stops Here

Aug 06, 2004, 02:30 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Karl Zollner)

"What follows in the article is an analysis of the 'dependency hell' problem in Linux and the issues surrounding software installation. I make a proposal of my own and critique the suggested 'solutions' to these problems and point my finger at 'the' (my perception) source of these problems.

"I have used Linux for almost 8 years now and exclusively for the last three, so I have experienced what many refer to as 'dependency hell.' Two years ago I switched to Gentoo which radically reduced my experiences with dependency hell. I will not say it eliminated it-for I love to play with the very newest and latest, but as regards those packages in portage I have had extremely few dependency problems -read perhaps 3 times..."

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