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]: yay!
by twenex on Tue 16th Jan 2007 13:16 UTC
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I couldn't agree more. These days I laugh when people say such-and-such software is "intuitive" or "unintuitive", especially if such software is Windows- or Mac-based. To add to your examples, what's "intuitive" about dragging a disc icon to a trashcan to eject it (it should delete all files/quick format/fully format the disc) or dragging an icon to an /Apps folder to install it? (To a Unix user, if the "app" (binary) is dragged to /Apps, then the libraries should be dragged to /Libraries, etc). As a Gentoo user - you're right, as a Gentoo user the "intuitive" way of installing foo is to emerge foo.

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