Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Tue 23rd Dec 2008 00:30 UTC
Linux A next-generation package manager called Nix provides a simple distribution-independent method for deploying a binary or source package on different flavours of Linux, including Ubuntu, Debian, SUSE, Fedora, and Red Hat. Even better, Nix does not interfere with existing package managers. Unlike existing package managers, Nix allows different versions of software to live side by side, and permits sane rollbacks of software upgrades.
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Comment by Netfun81
by Netfun81 on Tue 23rd Dec 2008 05:33 UTC
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I would love to one day have a single package management system for Linux. It would make it so much easier for developers of applications to not have to re-package to a deb, rpm, yum, etc. Its frustrating when downloading a program that isnt in your distribution repository and it only comes in some packages and not the one you need. Linux needs something like windows .exe file. Something that can be loaded on any distribution without compiling. Look how this works when downloading the adobe flash plugin from their site. They have tried to accommodate various distributions, but it's far from being user friendly.

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