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Month: February 2012

Re: [trinity-users] Poll

From: "E. Liddell" <ejlddll@...>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2012 16:37:11 -0500
On Tue, 14 Feb 2012 14:37:14 -0500
Larry Stotler <larrystotler@...> wrote:

> One of my biggest peeves about distros/linux over the years has been
> the ridiculous dependencies(some of which come from the programs).
> WHY do I have to install avahi to play KDE3 games in openSUSE 11.0?

Non-rhetorically?  Presumably because openSUSE has chosen to treat an 
optional dependency of kdelibs as mandatory--the chain is kdelibs-3.5.10 
-> kdnssd-avahi -> avahi.  Most binary distros seem to compile in 
everything they can, presumably on the basis that someone might need it 
someday, and when they do, it had better be there.  It's a valid approach, 
but not one I like, which is one of the reasons I'm still with Gentoo--it's 
good at treating optional dependencies as genuinely optional.