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PolishLinux: The Future of Packaging Software in Linux

Feb 21, 2007, 10:00 (4 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Borys Musielak for this link. ]

"GNU/Linux is known for its diversity and freedom of choice. There are multiple window managers and desktop environments, many competing systems for handling sound, graphics and hardware autodetection. This diversity is the power and weakness of free software. Exactly the same problem concerns installing software in GNU/Linux. There are currently at least 5 popular ways of doing it:

  • "Installing directly from source code,
  • "Ports-based installation (where the source packages are held in a repository and can be automatically downloaded, compiled and installed), like BSDs ports of Gentoo's portage..."

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