Shared libraries are the bane of Linux for users. Trying to load any new software results in the discovery that it is usually dependent on 20 other items of software that have to be found and downloaded and many of these will be found to have their own unsatisfied dependencies. It is a nightmare. I was told that Debian solved this problem automatically with its loaders but using it I find that it does so only for the Debian distribution of applications. Thus, it is not surprising, that most ordinary users will download a completely new distribution of Linux operating system and applications rather than face the task of updating an old one.
RISC OS has had a happily stable operating system in recent times. The great advantage of this is that new software nearly always loads and runs first time because everthing required is entirely in the new binary. Applications are self contained to run on the standard machine. I deprecate the practice of supplying new !System modules with applications because it is going down the Windows/Unix road. There is no reason to save memory. It is abundant. The great thing that RISC OS can give the world is this simplicity for the user. Let programmers compile with any libraries for new features but keep the basic operating system relatively stable, please.
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