Dropping Linux binary support

When I made the release of my newest project, I decided to stop making Linux binaries. The whole concept of making a binary for “Linux” is silly, as every distro has different and sometimes incompatible versions of the C library, of X.org, of Qt, etc. And then there are the many different supported processor architectures. Linux distros are source compatible, not binary compatible. What I was really making was an Ubuntu binary and passing it off as a Linux binary. I don’t even use Ubuntu, I use Arch Linux!

If you are using Linux, I assume that you have enough knowledge about your system to compile my programs, or that you can learn it. The README file documents the few steps required (beyond the obvious step of installing the Qt development packages). I don’t think I should continue to cater to newbies, because eventually a newbie will learn enough to no longer be a newbie. And after all, isn’t that half the fun?

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2 Responses to Dropping Linux binary support

  1. gallaecio says:

    Agree đŸ™‚

    And I’ll have a look to Arch Linux. It’s time to try new things, not just Ubuntu. Arch seems really great.

  2. Graeme says:

    I highly recommend Arch Linux. It’s a fun distro, and the wiki and forums are full of information.