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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RE: Nice!
by tupp on Fri 16th Jul 2010 21:54 UTC in reply to "Nice!"
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The huge thing that the NeXTSTEP/OSX style .app directories give you is that everything is packaged up in a single directory.

Decades ago, when working with DOS apps directories, I remember thinking, "this is so much like Nextstep/OS-X."

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.

Gobolinux and other Linux distros already do this.

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.

I have never had any problem with package updates and package managers. In fact, I find the package manager system speedier, safer and more convenient than the standard OS-X and Windows methods (and similar Linux methods).

Don't forget, the Apple apps stores are just knock-offs of Linux package managers, except you have to pay.

Edited 2010-07-16 21:55 UTC

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