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Statically linked linux binaries
« on: November 17, 2004, 10:29:46 am »

Hmm, has the core team got any plans on releasing statically linked linux binaries (maybe even daily builds)?
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Re: Statically linked linux binaries
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2004, 03:50:02 pm »

Linux binaries were offered very early on in the project's lifetime, and eventually abandoned due to the problems that appear when statically linking in libraries for X11 (here there be dragons), libc incompatibilities across Linux distributions, etc.

In short, they didn't always work right, they never quite worked to everyone's satisfaction, and fans of the game with ties to the major Linux distributions started offering "native" binary packages for download, which pretty much rendered the exercise moot.

And "rolling your own" on Linux is not particularly difficult these days, meep-eep has done a remarkable job of making builds a no-brainer.  Give it a shot, and make some noise if you get stuck, we're always glad to help around here.

Non-sequitur: is your screen name a reference to the Skinny Puppy song of the same name?
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Re: Statically linked linux binaries
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2004, 09:17:14 pm »

I will agree that the Linux installer is pretty good.
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Re: Statically linked linux binaries
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2004, 05:40:11 am »

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And "rolling your own" on Linux is not particularly difficult these days, meep-eep has done a remarkable job of making builds a no-brainer.  Give it a shot, and make some noise if you get stuck, we're always glad to help around here.

I'm ok with building uqm myself, but now, when I'm using the debian based ubuntu on several machines, I have to install lots of -dev packages only ro compile a game. There're pieces of software like older versions of audacity and the latest blender for example, that are deployed far easier (unpack and run) even dynamically linked.

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Non-sequitur: is your screen name a reference to the Skinny Puppy song of the same name?

It's a reference to the abbreviation behind it... Smiley
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