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LUDE: A Distributed Software Library

Michel Dagenais & Stephane Boucher
Departement de genie electrique et de genie informatique
Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3C 3A7

Robert Gerin-Lajoie & Pierre Mailhot
Departement d'informatique et de recherche operationnelle
Universite de Montreal
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Pierre Laplante
Centre de recherche informatique de Montreal
Montral, Quebec, Canada


Numerous software packages are being used and updated regularly on most computer systems. Installing all these software packages is a formidable task because each one has a different procedure for compiling or for placing the files required at run time. The LUDE (Logitheque Universitaire Distribuee et Extensible) software library is an organization for installing software packages, a set of tools to install and uninstall software packages and browse their documentation, and a number of FTP servers offering over 100 pre-installed freely redistributable software packages. It offers functionality and flexibility not available in existing systems.

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