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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I don't think the issue is the distribution repository model since anyone can simply setup a third party repository to include in. Webmin and Mondo Rescue both do this with fantastic results, I get there code directly from them but still through my central package manager.

You do realize Blizzard made a Linux version of World of Warcraft but refused to release it due to compatibility problems on various Linux distros (

Clearly the current system is not good enough.

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