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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Nice!
by MacMan on Fri 16th Jul 2010 21:25 UTC
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2006-11-19

The huge thing that the NeXTSTEP/OSX style .app directories give you is that everything is packaged up in a single directory. Note, this DOES NOT PRECLUDE YOU FROM USING SHARED LIBRARIES!!!. All the OSX style .app directory does at a minimum is package the config / icons up into a single directory. This means that you do not have to copy / edit .desktop files, copy icons, create shortcuts, or any of that BS.

From what I've read, the portable linux apps project does something similar. I have not checked in a while, but I think the Linux Standards
Base specifies that both GTK/QT libraries are installed. This should be sufficient for many if not most apps out there, so there should be little need for static linking.

Hope this takes off, as installing apps (say a newer version than is shipped with the package manager) is my biggest sore spot with Linux.

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