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: Excellent
by Tom5 on Wed 17th Jan 2007 22:24 UTC in reply to "Excellent"
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Source. Users need ability to have custom compiled and installed software to his home directory, but which is registered into the package databases, or in 'overloading' local database. Perhaps autotools & co. should support this for ease of use.

Exactly. This is what the 'Register' button does in the compile screenshots:

-Multiarch. although not mentioned, I hope x86 on x86-64 and packages with special compile options (mmx, sse,2,3 etc) are supported concurrently by zero-install.

It currently just uses the machine name and OS from uname. You could easily get it to prefer '-mmx' binaries if available, though (edit; there's a table listing compatible architectures in order of preference for the current machine type).

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