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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by Lambda on Tue 16th Jan 2007 16:39 UTC
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Do we need this many people working on essentially the same task? Are they bringing any real value? Without the Fedora packager, Fedora users wouldn't be able to install Inkscape easily, of course, so in that sense they are being useful. But if the main Inkscape developers were able to provide a package that worked on all distributions, providing all the same upgrade and management features, then we wouldn't need all these packagers.

I haven't read the whole article yet, but I can see the author is getting at what I've said on OSnews numerous times. Distros are a form of lock-in, and more importantly a suboptimal allocation of scarce developer (package maintainer) resources.

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RE: Bingo
by Finalzone on Tue 16th Jan 2007 20:00 in reply to "Bingo"
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I have to disagree on that statement for one reason: first, source package is available on most distributions which provide a spec file (used to build these binary packages) and the tarball from these upstream developers (Inkscape in this example).
Second, this package needs to be reviewed for validating the license, check out security (key word), make sure the installation goes to the right path and more. Since each distribution has a different criteria for packaging a application, having another package manager from upstream like autopackage won't help solve these above issues.

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RE[2]: Bingo
by Lambda on Wed 17th Jan 2007 08:16 in reply to "RE: Bingo"
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Second, this package needs to be reviewed for validating the license

No it doesn't. The distro only worries about licenses for software it distributes. They would be out of the loop.

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