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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Not all programs require root privileges. Then, why not allow users to do "apt-get install whatever" and it goes to their directory until the program is superseded by a system wide installation?

I have wondered about the same thing myself. But I guess it all boils down to the fact that people expect only two kinds of users to install software: system admins or users who own the computer. The truth is however that there are also people who don't have the root password but might still wish to install something additional. Such users could f.ex. be your children.

So yeah, I basically like your idea. All the files and folders should however go under a single folder in the users' home, like f.ex. /home/user/Applications and of course everything should be owned by the user and writable only by that user. Oh, and yes, the system admin should still be allowed to choose which users are allowed to install software this way. In corporate environments for example it's often preferred that users are not allowed to install anything but instead ask the admin for that.

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