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 Terracotta on Tue 16th Jan 2007 15:38 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: B.A.D idea"
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The reason it fails is not because it's a centralised system, it's because you're trying to install a package created for one distribution on another distribution. If that distribution differs too much from the distribution it was created for it might not work. It's perfectly possible to distribute .debs in a decentralised way (opera does it like this). It's a bit more work for opera, but well it's quite easy to install opera on an ubuntu/xandros/mepis/debian/suse... system.
I'd rather see more .deb, or .rpm packages on website than .autopackage packages, for those who insist on installing a program by searching the net and downloading it from a website.

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