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[4]: yay!
by twenex on Tue 16th Jan 2007 14:39 UTC
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I agree with that, but let me add that next to each ejectable drive icon in Finder there is an eject button (labeled with the same symbol as the eject button on VCRs). I always use this button because I'd call it intuitive (and thus easy to remember), while the trashcan gesture is non-intuitive (I didn't even remember it until now). What is still non-intuitive about the eject button is that it is located in Finder (or rather, that disks appear at several points in the UI at all).

Well, the last time I used a Mac, which was admittedly several years ago, the "eject disk" option in the Special menu caused the computer to immediately eject the disk, then immediately ask for it back - and this is the days when Macs, in the interests of "making computers behave like an appliance" were completely closed - no expansion cards, no nothing.

In "my dream OS", the package manager is no magic piece of voodoo, but simply a front-end to organize /Applications and /Libraries (to manage the vast amount of stuff you'd find there), and to access online repositories easily, to download and verify packages and move them to those folders. In other words: a tool, and not a wizard.

The point I was making is that, if I didn't know what went in to making software, /Apps would be just as much "a magic piece of voodoo" to me as you seem to imply "emerge foo" is to you - no more, no less. I agree that it would be nice if you could drag stuff to /Apps and have it place stuff in /Libraries, etc. - or, if already installed, not - but I don't see any inherent advantage to this over emerge or, perhaps, graphical frontends to emerge. Not better, just different.

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