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LinuxWorld: Time for a New Installation Paradigm, Parts 1 and 2

Apr 22, 2003, 04:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)


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[From Part 2:]

"This is Part 2 in a series calling for a radically new approach to Linux software-installation. Part 1 examined many (though not all) of the problems with the current approaches to software-installation. This time, we'll take a closer look at the technological considerations behind one of the biggest issues for software installation: shared libraries. The best way to solve the problem of shared libraries is to understand why they pose a potential problem and how Linux uses them, so let's explore these issues.

"Shared libraries remain the pivotal issue for software-installation. Of course, talent and attention to detail by programmers and library-maintainers can lead to compatibility differences across different versions of shared libraries. However, in general you can expect fewer compatibility issues as the changes to the version numbers move farther to the right. One can usually expect libsomething version 1.x to be incompatible with libsomething version 2.x. You are less likely to experience problems when you move from libsomething 1.3 to libsomething 1.4, and even less likely to have trouble moving from libsomething 1.4.3 to libsomething 1.4.4..."

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