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April 02, 2013

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Perzl is very useful, but getting open source packages to build is becoming more and more difficult. AIX is such a minority platform that nobody tests on it, and it's a weird enough Unix to often cause build breakage or runtime failure.

The stupidly old version of RPM is a major annoyance, and not just due to the lack of yum. E.g. .spec files generated by the Python 'distribute' system don't work.

I've spent most of the last month manually getting open source components building and packaging for AIX. Getting to the same state on Debian is a single command, job done in 5 minutes.

From where I sit, IBM have abandoned AIX. Check the last-modified date on the packages at http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/power/software/aix/linux/toolbox/date.html. The majority are getting on for a decade old.

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