To avoid that requirement there should be some way to do that same
installation without an already existing system. Sort of a "GNU
Installer." Such a program could be made to know about all GNU
packages and their dependencies, and then handle the whole process
of configuring, compiling and installing everything necessary to
make the system work. I suppose that people could still do that
same work manually if they wanted but it would no longer be
To require everyone installing the system build it from source
would be inconvenient, and I see no benefit from it.
For packages, we separate building from installation.
We should do this for the whole system as well.
It would be good to be able to built binaries for the entire system
with `./configure; make', but installation would be a separate step.
Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation
51 Franklin St
Boston MA 02110
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