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[7]: B.A.D idea
by archiesteel on Tue 16th Jan 2007 16:03 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: B.A.D idea"
archiesteel
Member since:
2005-07-02

Yes, which is why I say that developers of such apps should use one of the statically-linked, distro-neutral packaging options at their disposal.

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RE[8]: B.A.D idea
by John Nilsson on Tue 16th Jan 2007 16:28 in reply to "RE[7]: B.A.D idea"
John Nilsson Member since:
2005-07-06

Yes som manner of distro-neutrality is probably desierable. Installing duplicate copies of dependencies is probably not the best solution though.

Instead better cross-distro integration infrastructure is needed.

Then we have think about FLOSS needs. It isn't enough to just provide a means of installation (Freedom 0) you also need easy access to source code (Freedom 1), easy branching (Freedom 3) and all that.

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