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Re: New package managment

Ingo Ruhnke wrote:

> >   They donīt have compilers and stuff like that installed (What do
> >   I need a compiler for? I want to play a game, write some texts, ...)
> >   Those people need binary packages, as statically linked as
> >   possible.
> No, don't think so. I think it is quite hard to remove the gcc from a
> system, all distributions I know install them on default. And hey
> without a compiler you can't compile a kernel. So I think, people
> without a compiler are below 1% or so.

Linux users can't survive without a compiler.

The reason *I* don't support binary downloads is that it's just
too painful. People have sucessfully compiled and run Tux_AQFH

   Linux x86 libc5
   Linux x86 glibc6.0
   Linux x86 glibc6.1
   Linux PPC - who-knows-what-C-lib
   Linux Alpha - ditto
   Linux Amiga (!) - ditto
   Linux Mac - ditto
   IRIX 6.2
   IRIX 6.5
   Solaris ?.?
   OpenBSD ?.?
   NetBSD ?.?
   FreeBSD ?.?
   Windoze NT x86
   Windoze NT Alpha
   MacOS ?.?
   BeOS ?.? (x86?)

*phew*, so at a MINIMUM I'd need to keep 18 different binaries
instead of one source package. It's probably more than that
because I don't know how many varients of glibc there are on
(say) MacLinux.  I'm also not 100% certain that a glibc6.0
binary compiled under Linux 2.2.10 would run under Linux 2.0.36.

No way could I hope to maintain binaries!!

Plus, I only have one computer at home (Linux x86 glibc 6.1),
so I could only compile one or at most two or three of those
varients myself.

Finally, if people download sources and the program fails
for some reason (NO! Surely not!) - there is a small chance
that the user will ferret out the problem, fix it and email
me that fix.  If people find it much easier to grab just the
binaries, the odds of that happening are near zero.

May the source be with you!

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