April 27, 2006
The slippery slope of open source
If you work with open source software, you’ve been to the place I’ll describe in this column more times than you care to count. It always starts innocently enough. In my case, I needed to re-create a Linux-based development environment on my Apple PowerBook. The essential ingredients were Apache, Berkeley DB, mod_python, and libxml2. Pretty standard stuff, but I’d never assembled all the pieces on Mac OS X.