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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So it's more of a distro independent packaging format that builds out it's own directory tree when the distro does not provide a dependency. That could be very intersting.

The other side of it may be how cleanly it managed uninstall but as a package manager that should really just be a matter of dragging dependencies back out if no longer needed by another zeroinstall package. It could offload the work to the distro package manager when applicable too so it's not duplicating the effort to maintain which packages need what dependencies.

For me, it's all about the minimal dependencies. Enough minimal install to get past the first boot then a very select list of packages which minimize the dependencies they drag in.

Granted, some of my more interesting toys need to be pulled in by subversion. Currently my update script does the distro packages then the svn branches so adding a third line for zeroinstall packages would be no biggy.

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