On Wed, Apr 04, 2007 at 11:32:26AM +1000, Bojan Smojver wrote:
Anyone knows why libnet-devel package only includes static libraries?
Because it is so upstream. Upstream is dead, but I think that someday it
will restart somewhere. There is a beta version (whach may have shared
libs) but development has stopped. There is something on alioth, but it
never really took off. The issue with doing shared libs ourselves is that
there is a risk that the soname chosen is not the samem that the soname
chosen by those who restart the project.
Now that more and more packages use libnet, however, potential security
issues have become potentially more problematic. Therefore it isn't as
clear as before whether having shared libs is bad or not.