Linked by Thomas Leonard on Tue 16th Jan 2007 00:32 UTC
General Development In the Free and Open Source communities we are proud of our 'bazaar' model, where anyone can join in by setting up a project and publishing their programs. Users are free to pick and choose whatever software they want... provided they're happy to compile from source, resolve dependencies manually and give up automatic security and feature updates. In this essay, I introduce 'decentralised' installation systems, such as Autopackage and Zero Install, which aim to provide these missing features.
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RE: The new wheel is still round.
by Tom5 on Tue 16th Jan 2007 08:25 UTC in reply to "The new wheel is still round."
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1) the files are "distro neutral" which just screams "staticly linked"

Not necessarily. The article has a whole section on handling shared libraries:

http://osnews.com/story.php/16956/Decentralised-Installation-System...

since they are self contained, there is no centralize means to update them if bugs are found, or upstream dependencies change.

That doesn't follow at all. Zero Install, for example, lets you specify any number of 'feeds' for a single program. One might be 'upstream', another might be your distribution's security team.

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