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: bravo
by Moochman on Tue 16th Jan 2007 22:24 UTC in reply to "bravo"
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All we need now is for a distro to use it as default. The big guys, like Ubuntu, probably won't cave in. But a new kid on the block could probably implement it. Imagine how much smaller a distro team would need to be, if they outsourced the packaging to the devs.


I personally think that linux needs to be more modularized. Drivers need to be pushed into user-space.

Agreed, but I doubt it'll happen anytime soon, given the sentiments of the kernel devs. Actually, I wouldn't care about the drivers being kernel-space, if it weren't for the fact that it makes installing them much more complicated than it should be.... (For instance, why do you think people so often revert to ndiswrapper, even for wireless chipsets that Linux is "supposed to" support?)

But, in the mean-time, how can something like 0install be a full end-to-end solution? Would there have to be at least _some_ alternative package manager to handle system critical software?

I'd say the answer to that is a near-indisputable yes.

Edited 2007-01-16 22:34

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