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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The new wheel is still round.
by FishB8 on Tue 16th Jan 2007 03:53 UTC
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These installers do the same thing as the centralized systems, but with all the voodoo contained within the file itself instead of comming from a centralized system.

There are two distince disadvantages to this approach:

1) the files are "distro neutral" which just screams "staticly linked"

2) since they are self contained, there is no centralize means to update them if bugs are found, or upstream dependencies change.

Re-inventing the whell is great, but the wheel has to be significantly better in order to convince people to use it. A distro specific solution offers all kinds of advantages that "distro neutral" solutions just can't compete with.

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