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[3]: B.A.D idea
by tom1 on Tue 16th Jan 2007 12:49 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: B.A.D idea"
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Ubuntu and Debian are the perfect examples showing why decentralised packaging is a BAD idea. If two systems that are so closely related to each other as they are, using the same packaging and installing system, succeed in creating incompatible binary packages, how should a decentralised packaging system solve binary incompatabilities between let's say Red Hat and Debian.

This is exactly why you need a decentralised system: your example is a centralised system failing to cope with packages from two different distributions! It's quite possible to create a system that would handle this situation fine.

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