Linked by David Adams on Fri 16th Jul 2010 19:43 UTC, submitted by broomfighter
Linux "The Portable Linux Apps project brings the ideal of "1 app, 1 file" to Linux. Applications are able to run on all major distributions irrespective of their packaging systems - everything the application needs to run is packaged up inside of it. There are no folders to extract, dependencies to install or commands to enter: "Just download, make executable, and run!"" A follow-up article describes how it works, and how to transform debian packages into AppImages. The packages don't include libraries, so the system won't need to update the same library in each individual app.
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by Elv13 on Fri 16th Jul 2010 20:34 UTC
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It is not a good security. The package manager (or Apple App Store) take care or maintenance and updates. If this system become mainstream, it will be a mess. Just like it was once this was the preferred way of installing software. The stuff in /opt is let to rot until it get hacked. Having a single file is as bad.

It will also take a lot more space, like on windows and OSX.

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