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: FInally...
by Lambda on Tue 16th Jan 2007 16:45 UTC in reply to "FInally..."
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That said, I hope solutions such as these become more prevalent, especially for "standalone" apps.

One of the problems is that the independent developer has to be accepted into some repository universe. That's problematic.

I'll add that "system" software would probably best be served by a centralized mechanism, as it is on Windows and OSX, even though the need on Unix tends to be less because of more decentralized (or modular) components than windows.

Edited 2007-01-16 16:47

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