Linked by Tom5 on Tue 24th May 2011 21:13 UTC
Linux Zero Install, the decentralised cross-distribution software installation system, announced 0install 1.0 today, after 8 years in development. 0install allows software developers to publish programs directly from their own web-sites, while supporting features familiar from centralised distribution repositories such as shared libraries, automatic updates and digital signatures. It complements, rather than replaces, the OS's package management. As well as allowing developers to create a single package that works across Linux, BSDs, Mac OS X and Windows, it could help make software available on more minor platforms. OSNews covered decentralised installation systems in 2007.
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RE: 0package, autopackage
by Tom5 on Wed 25th May 2011 14:57 UTC in reply to "0package, autopackage"
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I remember when we first got 0install into the Debian repository, I had to spend quite a long time convincing them that it wasn't like Autopackage!

I think the main issue was this: if an Autopackage needed a newer version of a library than the one Debian had installed, it would move Debian's copy out of the way and replace it with its own. So there was a risk that other programs on the system would stop working, and Debian would get confusing bug reports.

0install never does that: a library added by 0install is only visible to other 0install programs (and, in fact, only to those which depend on it explicitly).

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