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[3]: Nice!
by tupp on Sat 17th Jul 2010 04:48 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Nice!"
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the sore spot for many is that there's no dead simple way to install newer versions of a program than the package manager offers.


On Sidux, all one needs to do is:
# apt-get update
# apt-get install <package>

The first command updates the database for the repository, and the second command installs the most recent version of the package.

No need to upgrade the entire OS.

This same process can be duplicated in Sidux on a number of GUI front-ends.

Other distros that keep the latest versions of packages (such as Arch, Debian unstable/testing, Gentoo, etc.) have similar commands, and also offer this same functionality with a GUI package manager.

Edited 2010-07-17 04:50 UTC

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