A Linux Developers Power Tool

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2001-03-05

Do you want to develop software for Linux, but youre haunted by the thought that those slight differences among Linux distributions will prove the end of you? Worry no longer. Linuxcare, now part of TurboLinux, brings you Deltabase (www.linuxcare.com/profsvcs/deltabase/index.epl).

With this subscription-based, secure Web site, you can quickly drill down to the subtleties among the different Linux distributions, from general system requirements to line-by-line differences between configuration files. Deltabase covers the major Linux distributions: Caldera, Debian, Red Hat, SuSE, TurboLinux, Corel, Mandrake, and others. Its information base is kept updated on a daily basis so you wont be surprised by unexpected changes. Its a lifesaver for identifying dependency issues across different Linux distributions.

Deltabase also lets you customize the site so that you can filter and track only those issues that matter to you, both comparing within different versions of the same vendors distribution, as well as contrasting among different vendors offerings.

With its easy-to-use interface, Deltabase is the knowledge-management tool youve always wanted for developing programs for multiple Linux platforms. Need to view a history of a distribution from inception to present? Not a problem. Want to learn about kernel issues for a particular distribution? Easy. Are you up-to-date with all the errata in documentation and bug fixes for a particular distribution? With this service, you can be. In fact, we find it hard to believe that a serious Linux application developer would not have a subscription to this remarkably useful and comprehensive site.

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