When stability is pointless

Michael Haney thezorch at gmail.com
Wed Nov 5 03:22:00 UTC 2008

Adding my two cents here.

Ubuntu needs a system for restoring old settings when new packages are
installed so its possible to roll the OS back to the old settings.
Sort of like Restore Points in Windows, and Linux needs a more
reliable means of uninstalling installed packages.  Synaptic and Adept
do this now but to a limited degree.  If a new package you install
requires a lot of dependent packages which are downloaded also and you
uninstall the one that called for those dependencies the packages
added as dependencies don't get uninstalled along with it.  You have
to guess at which ones you don't need and manually remove them one by
one.  The Package Manager should keep track of these dependencies and
remove dependent packages when you uninstall something unless its
required by something else that's still installed.  This and the
Restore Point recovery system would go a long way towards helping to
improve the stability of Linux whether it be Debian, Red Hat, or
Slackware based.

The same should apply to applications which must be installed via
alternative methods like the "make install" compile method.

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