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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BAD idea or not
by ameasures on Tue 16th Jan 2007 13:02 UTC
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Many years ago my first Linux was FT-Linux (and I regret
losing the CD). It installed a base system and whatever packages it was instructed to. HOWEVER it also ran all the other stuff on the CD from the CD with some cacheing.

FT was great to live with, right from the install. Having just installed Ubuntu this week, I am forever going back to Synaptic to pull in one tool or another.

Saying it is a BAD idea because it is difficult makes no sense to me. Humans apply ingenuity to difficult problems to invent solutions - thats what we do!

Let's see it in practice and then decide!

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