Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd Jan 2007 19:09 UTC, submitted by Adam S
Linspire "Linspire announced plans to standardize software installation across Linux distributions by expanding its popular CNR digital download and software management service to support several of the most popular desktop Linux distributions in 2007. Previously available only for Linspire and Freespire desktop Linux users, the CNR Service will begin providing users of other desktop Linux distributions a free and easy way to access over 20000 desktop Linux products, packages and libraries."
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The problems with PBI
by unclefester on Wed 24th Jan 2007 13:43 UTC
unclefester
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2007-01-13

Last week I installed PCBSD. Installation is effortless and the system is very stable and polished. However the PBI system is practically useless. There are only a few dozen PBIs available many of which are fairly dated. This compares with the 16,000+ files in the ports collection. However installing from source is painfully slow and very few binaries exist.

It would probably require at least 10 full time developers to compile and maintain an up to date PBI collection. Unscripted PBI istallation is very slow and cumbersome as well.

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RE: The problems with PBI
by rockett15 on Wed 24th Jan 2007 13:49 in reply to "The problems with PBI"
rockett15 Member since:
2006-06-08

And this is exactly why we need to standardize on a self installing package type such as PBI. If every distribution used PBI, then it would be as simple as going to http://www.applicationurl.com/, selecting Linux as your format and a PBI downloads. Double click, install.

Without this level of standardization, there is too much effort needed to support Linux as you have to make a package that works on: Ubuntu, Debian, Mandriva, SuSE, Gentoo, ..., ....

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