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 hatstand on Tue 6th May 2008 12:51 UTC
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Perhaps you should check out Plan 9 and OpenVMS for more related ideas. VMS has some advanced FS characteristics inc. versioning and the ability to treat a file as a series of records, so you can choose to refer to a particular field or not within the FS. This includes copying parts of files over LAN's, etc. Incidentally, you will notice MS has picked up quite a few ideas from VMS; search for both to read about their shared heritage, if you're interested. I suppose MS will support versioning soon, since it's been around for 20+ years! ;) Maybe they'll just leapfrog it with WinFS (or whatever they'll end up calling it).

Plan 9 gives each user their own virtualised FS: each user can mount (remote or local) resources as they see fit, creating their own personal FS namespace. This extends beyond files and folders to almost every network- or locally-accessible object. The Plan 9 site is down for me, but you can read a bit about it here:

In the medium-long term, I see more FS' dropping the hierarchical `root -> folder 1 -> ... -> folder n' construction (it is only a design choice, after all, not a divine mandate!) and moving to a database-driven FS complete with rich attributes etc.

(Oh, and what about ZeroInstall? That achieves most of what you want, on a system of today. )

Edited 2008-05-06 12:53 UTC

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