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Re: Autoconf and apt

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: Re: Autoconf and apt
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2008 16:14:44 -0500 (CDT)

On Tue, 19 Aug 2008, Ralf Wildenhues wrote:
IMVHO any kind of repetition of knowledge encoded in rpm and apt
(or system vendor X package) databases is not tolerable, if it needs to
be hand-maintained in any way.  It's just too much data, getting out of
date, and too many distributions.

I don't understand. Wikipedia only knows about 242 Linux distributions. What's the big deal?

Of course there are at least five *BSD distributions, maybe five OpenSolaris distributions, Darwin, BeOS, AmigaOS, Plan 9, and Oberon. Maybe that is what you are worried about?

It seems that the world would be a simpler place if the world could standardize on just one distribution such as the one called "Windows Vista". Then we would not need Autoconf.


Bob Friesenhahn
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,

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