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InfoWorld: The Slippery Slope of Open Source

Apr 28, 2006, 04:00 (7 Talkback[s])
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"If you work with open source software, you've been to the place I'll describe in this column more times than you care to count. It always starts innocently enough. In my case, I needed to re-create a Linux-based development environment on my Apple PowerBook. The essential ingredients were Apache, Berkeley DB, mod_python, and libxml2. Pretty standard stuff, but I'd never assembled all the pieces on Mac OS X.

"If you don't work with open source software, it's hard to explain how weird this process of assembly can be. I've never actually run Autoconf, the GNU tool that's used to generate the configuration scripts that probe every nook and cranny of your operating system, compiler, and libraries..."

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