Andrew Benton andy at
Wed Dec 29 11:34:24 PST 2004

Declan Moriarty wrote:
> Can someone explain to me why I should not install precompiled
> binaries in this situation? I need help here :-D
> I want to install OO in my new(ish) system. To do that I should
> install J2sdk which requires alsa
> I am quite happy on OSS, thank you. So I am faced with alsa, and j2sdk
> and a great deal of farting about for the privilege of compiling OO,
> which is also a great deal of fuss. J2sdk is not strictly _needed_ but
> is _reccomended_, which is a stronger term than  optional.
> You can see why precompiled binaries are tempting?
Yeah, just do it. I confess to installing the Nvidia drivers, jre-1.5.0, Open 
Office-1.1 (only for the PowerPoint) and the RealPlayer-10 from binaries. I 
think it's better to compile from source as things usually run better that way, 
but it's not always practical.

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