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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by dragossh on Tue 23rd Dec 2008 12:03 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
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Usually what's left are .plist files that don't take up a lot of space, and they don't affect the system performance.

Now about installation. Usually you will encounter .dmg files from where you have to drag the app to your HDD, or installers (Apple's own Installer most of the times, and custom installers from software vendors like Adobe).
Doesn't seem as inconsistent to me. A package manager would be nice though.

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