Re: getting things moving (was Re: Proportional fonts)

  • From: Bill Meahan <wmeahan@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: wilyfans@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2003 19:57:39 -0400

On Thu, 31 Jul 2003 23:00:21 -0000
MJ Ray <markj@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Bill Meahan <wmeahan@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > Er, folks, please try not to forget folks who **aren't** using
> > Linux,
> Some arch implementations should run on other platforms.  At least two
> are written in cross-platform scripting languages.  It doesn't even
> require you to give your personal details to a development company ;-)

No doubt. GNU software can usually be coerced into compiling/running on
any U**x/U**x-like platform. 

The issue I have is that every time I want/need to install some
application from source, I end up having to install umpty-ump
development tools just to be able to compile the bloody thing so I can
use it. The more different tools free-software developers choose to use,
the more I, an end-user, have to install and keep up to date. Either
that, or I have to hope somebody else will do it so there is a binary
package available for my platform(s). 

For extremely-popular packages, that's usually not much of a problem
since up-to-date or (at least) recent binary packages are usually
available. For less-popular (or more narrowly-focused) applications,
however, finding a binary package that's up-to-date or recent is
frequently an exercise in futility hence installation from source
becomes a necessity.

I'm retired from software development (after 38 years without a single
line of COBOL) and have no intention at all of returning to it so,
personally, I don't give a rip_which_ development tools get used. just
that there be a _really_ small number of them so *I* don't have to have
that many of them :-)

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