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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If she wants it, she goes to and tells the computer "Run that program, Gimp 2.4". At that point, the system notices it is already present and runs the version Bob's added directly without downloading another copy.

I see, makes sense since both installed Gimp versions have been installed by individual users.

Can a person with elevated rights, e.g. the administrator, install system wide software, i.e. something all users see as installed?

I mean using zero install, obviously they can still use the system's package manager

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