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A Voice in the Dark

In AD 2101 war was beginning. What happen? Someone set up us the bomb! We get signal. What? Main screen turn on. It's you. How are you gentlemen!! All your base are belong to us!! You are on the way to destruction. What you say? You have no chance to survive. Make your time. HA HA HA HA.... Take off every 'Zig' You know what you doing! Move 'Zig' For great justice.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

The dumbass Linux community

"Hey, I need to install package X. It depends on library Y. Package Z also depends on library Y, but it wants an older version. I know the newer version is compatible, but the filename is different. How should I tell package Z to look at the newer version? Is a symlink sufficient?"

"You can't do that. If you don't have the exact same version, it won't work."

Yes it does, provided the new version is properly backward-compatible. A symlink is indeed sufficient, but RPM will not be fooled and will complain until you force it to install without dependency checking. Package Z, however, will run just fine.

It truly amazes me that we run into this kind of thing so often in the Linux community, and so rarely in the Windows community. The Windows community isn't supposed to outperform the Linux community. Open source is better, right? It has better contributors, better users, better support structures... so why are all our questions apparently getting answered by retarded monkeys?

Honestly, I'd like to know. As a Microsoft partner, we get great support from the Windows community. Why can't we just get competent support from the Linux community?

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