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[6]: B.A.D idea
by tom1 on Tue 16th Jan 2007 13:02 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: B.A.D idea"
tom1
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2005-07-12

See, that's where you get it wrong. Ordinary users don't want the latest and greatest,

Not as a rule, no. But when they ask for help "Evolution crashes when I try to read my mail from {odd mail server}!" they get told "Try version X - it's fixed there".

Should the distribution package the new barely-tested version? No. Most users want the stable version. But the user experiencing the crashes wants the new version.

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RE[7]: B.A.D idea
by archiesteel on Tue 16th Jan 2007 16:10 in reply to "RE[6]: B.A.D idea"
archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

That's a good point. I guess that, with the repository system, it ultimately depends on how fast the packagers are at implementing bugfix versions into the main distro. So far with Ubuntu I've been lucky...

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