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[2]: B.A.D idea
by John Nilsson on Tue 16th Jan 2007 11:56 UTC in reply to "RE: B.A.D idea"
John Nilsson
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Another approach is to work on a protopackage-format. A standard which sole purpose is to do as much distroindipendent work as possible upstream.

There are a few of those today. We have the autotools, ./configure; make; make install routinte, but it's arguably not very maintainable in the longrun, and not that userfriendly.
Debian is turning into a protodistro.
Gentoo was a "meta"-distribution from the start.

So instead of focusing all effort on how to desing packagesystems to bypass distroefforts (autopackage, klick, zero install, what have you) the effort should be spent on protopackagesystems that makes the lives easier for the user/developer (prosumer) AND distributer.

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