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[5]: B.A.D idea
by Tom5 on Wed 17th Jan 2007 22:12 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: 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.

Why do you think it fails, then, if it's not the installation system's fault?

I can install user-mode-linux on a Debian system and then install the Ubuntu package inside that. So it's not a hardware limitation.

I can install Ubuntu in a chroot in my Debian system,
and run it from there, so it's not a kernel issue. I can set DISPLAY to the host system, so it's not an X problem.

So, that leaves just libraries and services (daemons). Libraries can be handled as described in the article.

Services (e.g. mysql) are usually designed to run across different computers, and so have a stable protocol.

In fact, the only thing I can think of is D-BUS (a system service which used to change its API regularly). And now it's gone 1.0 that should be fine too.

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