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NewsForge: Deficiencies in Resolving Dependencies Limit Linux's Appeal

Oct 22, 2003, 01:00 (22 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lee Schlesinger)

"I've been spending a lot of time lately trying to get a fairly sophisticated software package installed. I'll fill you in on the specifics when I've succeeded (he said optimistically). My main stumbling block has been resolving package dependencies--what you need to have installed already in order to get the application you want to install to work. Dependency handling is a huge stumbling block Linux has to overcome if it hopes to gain wide consumer acceptance.

"The dependency problem is a necessary artifact of software development. Developers take advantage of existing code libraries for common functions; it makes sense not to duplicate work that's already been done. They depend on the same libraries being on end users' target machines when their applications are compiled and linked there. If the libraries are missing, you can't build executable code..."

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