(Usenet, possibly from DEC) Slang for a full software distribution, as opposed to a patch or upgrade. A source software distribution that has been packaged in such a way that it can (theoretically) be unpacked and installed according to a series of steps using only standard Unix tools, and entirely documented by some reasonable chain of references from the top-level README file. The more general term distribution may imply that special tools or more stringent conditions on the host environment are required.[Jargon File]
Last updated: 1994-11-18
KIPS ♦ KIS ♦ KISS ♦ KISS Principle ♦ kit ♦ KL0 ♦ KL1 ♦ Klamath ♦ KLB ♦ Kleene closure
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