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Old 07-13-2003, 11:24 PM   #1
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Arrow installing linux programs

Why don't linux programs come pre compiled and with their dependencies? And why are they usually available in tar.gz AND tar.b2z?
Old 07-13-2003, 11:28 PM   #2
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They probably work better when built to your machine.
Old 07-14-2003, 01:58 AM   #3
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They are usually available precompiled.
Check into 'urpmi' on Mandrake, or view the list of dependicies in the RPM package manager and install them.
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Remember, the beauty of opensource software is that you GET THE SOURCE. Yeah, if you just want the program, its not that big of a deal, but if you want to custromize it, or just be sure what's on your system, getting the source is a blessing.
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What's more, the binary is dependent on the library version (for example Since Linux is renovating itself very fast and use newer libraries on the going, quite often the pre-compiled binary is not usable on the new system. It is must to recompile it. The same thing applys on the Kernel.
Am I right?


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