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Making Linux Binaries Simple: Automate 'Em

Article Source InformationWeek's Open Source Weblog
September 28, 2009, 7:49 am

If Linux doesn't change its attitude about prepackaged binary (read: closed source) software anytime soon, here's a suggestion: a generic software deployment system for Linux binaries.

The idea came about when talking with a couple of commercial software vendors, all of whom had Linux products and who all tacitly admitted that one of the biggest problems with making Linux editions of anything is supporting each individual distribution. You either have to pick a distro and stick with it, build binaries for every major distro and ever major revision of each distro, or just give up and make your app open source...

 

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