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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no libs?
by apraxisz on Fri 16th Jul 2010 20:46 UTC
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2009-06-30

From their wiki:
Dependency Resolution

Currently, package maintainers are assumed to either:
a. Package all an applications dependencies inside its AppImage (excluding those already present in the intended base system)
OR
b. Provide users with instructions to resolve dependency issues.

vs OSNews article

There are no folders to extract, dependencies to install or commands to enter:

The packages don't include libraries


Either packages include all the libraries except for basic ones assumed to exist on every intended target distro and users really don't have to install any OR packages don't include libraries but users are required to deal with it themselves.

The two don't apply at the same time ;)
Personally I only see merit in this when packaging with libraries.

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