Erik LaBianca writes:
Beyond scientific computing, application developers (both open
source and commercial) need better ways to distribute their code in
a runnable (aka binary) form. Just trying to find an mp3 player
that would work on centos4 ended up taking me the better part of 4
hours since there is no livna for rhel4, and nobody packages for
it. If developers had an easy way to provide me with an
lsb-compatible rpm I could have tried a whole raft of packages and
picked one I liked, instead of being stuck with the first one that
would compile and run correctly.
Well, hold on: that problem is caused by software patents, not by
packaging issues. Let's point the finger in the right direction, eh?