Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th May 2008 21:00 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Ever since I started using computers, I've been baffled by the relative clumsiness of installing applications. Whether we are talking the really old days (launching the Rambo game off a tape), the '90s (running Keen or using installers in Windows 95), or the modern days (still those installers, but now also package management and self-contained applications); it's all relatively cumbersome, and they all have their downsides. I decided to put my money where my mouth is, and come up with my idealistic, utopian method of installing, running, updating, and uninstalling applications.
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Hand waving
by AdamW on Mon 5th May 2008 23:53 UTC
AdamW
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2005-07-06

Nice try, Thom - if you're just reading it casually you almost miss the hand-waving about binaries that don't belong in any particular 'program bundle', and about the issue of shared libraries, which is of course the big drawback of the OS X system that you *don't* mention (because it persists in your vision). If you use shared libraries, you have a reliance on your vendor (situation with all current Linux distributions). If you don't, you have security issues and ancient bugs that were fixed long ago cropping up all over the place (situation with Windows and OS X).

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