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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RE[4]: B.A.D idea
by raynevandunem on Tue 16th Jan 2007 06:33 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: B.A.D idea"
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Yeah, but can you install that app from the developer's site with a GUI front-end if you wanted to?

Anybody with command-line prowess can pick either solution if they wanted to, while those who don't, but still want the latest and greatest just as much as the next person, will only have one solution available to them.

And unfortunately, that's the majority of the folks who use desktop distros such as Ubuntu....or at least the target audience that those distros are gunning for.

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