> Some instructions for installing from DEB and RPM packages, or
> batch/shell scripts that automate it somewhat, would be nice too.
> While it should generally be assumed that users of Linux distributions
> that use DEB and RPM packages by default know how to use the
> provided tools to install from the standard archives, installing
> software from outside those archives is a different story, and
> is sometimes quite nonobvious to end users.

Do you really want to invest your time to teach people how to
use distribution specific solutions? Debian has been known to
aggressively cripple packages like ruby into oblivion.

There is only one true way to use ruby, which is to man up and
compile it from source.

Everyone else should be left alone to the distribution and stick
to the mess these Distributions made for them. Distributions claim
to make the life easier, so they should either stick to the
distribution or compile from source.

> Let the users worry about how their systems are managed. That's
> why package management/installers exist, after all!

No. Package management the way it is done is a huge problem.

Distributions purposely become incompatible with one another.

Once a user leaves that path, he is on his own.

Distributions are evil.

To recommend them to stick to their distribution is playing the
devil's advocate.

> For users who have changed the default behavior of the system, I
> agree, but for those who are using the system as it is delivered
> to end users I sympathize with the desire to make things as
> seamless as possible.  This can be important if for no other
> purpose than reaching as many users as one reasonably can.

Again, if idiots that create a Distribution make the life of users
AND developers harder, it is time to tell the users to start
using their brains rather than subjugate to the tyranny of stupid
decisions made within a distribution.

They purposely cripple packages for everyone, for no real valid
reason whatsoever.

They purposely remain incompatible with one another (don't get me
started on the joke of LSB).

Let Distributions rot.

And by the way, Michal Suchanek asked a simple question. It would
be polite to not ask "why he is doing it", but to either answer
the question, or not - and not try dilute the problem to another
domain like Mr. Gawlowski tried.

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