Linked by Thomas Leonard on Tue 16th Jan 2007 00:32 UTC
General Development In the Free and Open Source communities we are proud of our 'bazaar' model, where anyone can join in by setting up a project and publishing their programs. Users are free to pick and choose whatever software they want... provided they're happy to compile from source, resolve dependencies manually and give up automatic security and feature updates. In this essay, I introduce 'decentralised' installation systems, such as Autopackage and Zero Install, which aim to provide these missing features.
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B.A.D idea
by theGrump on Tue 16th Jan 2007 03:30 UTC
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sounds like a lovely way to destroy your system. and are there really that many package management systems in use? from what i can tell, 80% of linux users are likely using a rpm or deb derived package platform. those who aren't really only have one valid counterargument - the desire to build all code locally a la gentoo.

these "generic" packaging projects were and are non-starters, even if they could create a system that makes sense, utilizes your hardware properly (not one size fits all) and does not destroy your install, no one is using them anyway

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