Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th May 2008 21:00 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Ever since I started using computers, I've been baffled by the relative clumsiness of installing applications. Whether we are talking the really old days (launching the Rambo game off a tape), the '90s (running Keen or using installers in Windows 95), or the modern days (still those installers, but now also package management and self-contained applications); it's all relatively cumbersome, and they all have their downsides. I decided to put my money where my mouth is, and come up with my idealistic, utopian method of installing, running, updating, and uninstalling applications.
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RE: Locking still necessary
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 6th May 2008 10:05 UTC in reply to "Locking still necessary"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

Somebody has to decide what goes on the server and what doesn't.


The server?

Who says people can't set up their own server for distributing program bundles? It wouldn't be too hard, as long as the file system on the server preserves the attributes.

I also envision a set of command line tools that allow you to compare/update program bundles. Something like:

$ compare "/Programs/Garden Designer.bundle" "ftp.stuff.org/pub/bundles/Garden Designer.bundle"

Output:

$ /Programs/Garden Designer.bundle:438
$ ftp.stuff.org/pub/bundles/Garden Designer.bundle:439

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RandomGuy Member since:
2006-07-30

Doesn't every program need a unique identifier?
How do you make sure that no two programs can have the same identifier if everybody can set up a server and name/tag the apps as he pleases?

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Doesn't every program need a unique identifier?
How do you make sure that no two programs can have the same identifier if everybody can set up a server and name/tag the apps as he pleases?


They're not identifiers, they're values stored as an attribute. Even if you have ten billion million attributes with value 345, if they belong to different files, that simply doesn't matter.

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