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June 20th, 2007 - James Antill

Jun. 20th, 2007

05:09 am - Software packaging, and the 10 × 10 problem

First off, I hate all current software packaging for Linux. It's one step up from manually downloading tarballs, which I was doing 10 years ago, and isn't even a real superset of that functionality. Yes, it's better than doing that and yes it's better than what Windows has to offer. But it's still crap, and it annoys me every day, however it seems to be one of those problems that noone seems to want to fix properly and yet they keep thinking up stupid bandaids to work around the fact it doesn't work well. Specifically the major circular argument that is what I've come to think of as the "10 × 10 problem"…

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