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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two main problems
by TechGeek on Sat 17th Jul 2010 17:28 UTC
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There are two main problems that I see with this type of app installation. First as mentioned, you get multiple copies of the same library which becomes a security nightmare. Especially if you want to limit users actions. If they are allowed to load any library into their personal directories and have them work, there are all kinds of things they could do. Second, app folders seems like a single user system designed technology. How well does this work on multi user systems?

You also have the problem where major subsystems are being upgraded still. Sound, video, the kernel, they are all changing quickly. Some dependencies go well beyond minor version changes, requiring system updates anyway.

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