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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by Lambda on Tue 16th Jan 2007 16:39 UTC
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Do we need this many people working on essentially the same task? Are they bringing any real value? Without the Fedora packager, Fedora users wouldn't be able to install Inkscape easily, of course, so in that sense they are being useful. But if the main Inkscape developers were able to provide a package that worked on all distributions, providing all the same upgrade and management features, then we wouldn't need all these packagers.

I haven't read the whole article yet, but I can see the author is getting at what I've said on OSnews numerous times. Distros are a form of lock-in, and more importantly a suboptimal allocation of scarce developer (package maintainer) resources.

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