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40.2. The Challenges of Software Installation on Unix

If you've worked with multiple operating systems such as the Mac OS or Windows along with Unix, then you're aware that software installation on a Unix system -- Solaris, Linux, Darwin, and so on -- isn't necessarily as easy a task as it is on some of the other systems. The process can be difficult if you're installing open source code that you download from the Internet; many times open source code isn't packaged for ease in installation.

I've worked with Unix for years but still look at the process of installing a new piece of software as one would look at climbing a mountain: be prepared, be brave, and don't look back.

-- SP

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