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]: B.A.D idea
by skroob on Tue 16th Jan 2007 20:11 UTC in reply to "RE: B.A.D idea"
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> Guess what? Developers hate packaging! They want their
> job to be done as soon as their source tree builds and
> runs properly. Distributors, on the other hand, are
> essentially packaging machines. Packaging is what they do best.

Often the problem is the packagers. They pack the stuff
without any feedback to the developers. First time you
know there is a package for distro $foo is when sombody
sends you a mail about a bug in the package.

Another thing is the delay. When I release something
i want my users to have the new version ASP. Not when
they buy the next CD or hurd is ready.

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