Linked by Tom5 on Tue 24th May 2011 21:13 UTC
Linux Zero Install, the decentralised cross-distribution software installation system, announced 0install 1.0 today, after 8 years in development. 0install allows software developers to publish programs directly from their own web-sites, while supporting features familiar from centralised distribution repositories such as shared libraries, automatic updates and digital signatures. It complements, rather than replaces, the OS's package management. As well as allowing developers to create a single package that works across Linux, BSDs, Mac OS X and Windows, it could help make software available on more minor platforms. OSNews covered decentralised installation systems in 2007.
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Nobody seems to care
by draethus on Wed 25th May 2011 07:27 UTC
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Decentralized software installation is something both Windows and MacOS do well, yet Linux completely fails at. The consequences for Linux are dire: little to no Linux portable apps, no standard way to install third party software, no standard automatic update, no distinction between distro and third party software, just name a few.

Projects like Zeroinstall, Autopackage, Klik, Listaller, and several others have been trying to solve the problem for years, but apparently nobody cares: users just use the distro repositories, most ISVs just target other operating systems, and stories about Zeroinstall are getting virtually no comments. Then people wonder why the Linux desktop is stuck in single digit percentages.

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