Linked by Tom5 on Tue 5th Mar 2013 22:01 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes 0install 2.0 is out today. Zero Install is a decentralised cross-platform software installation system, allowing software developers to publish programs directly from their own websites, while still supporting shared libraries, automatic updates, dependency handling and digital signatures. It complements, rather than replaces, the OS' package management. Departing from its traditional use of installing desktop applications, many of the new features were driven by requirements from the Ryppl project, which is using 0install as the package manager in a modular build system for C++ projects.
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RE[8]: Looks interesting
by gfxmonk1 on Fri 8th Mar 2013 05:15 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Looks interesting"
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2013-03-08

"Zero install" refers to the stuff it runs - once you have Zero Install, you can run Zero Install feeds (/packages) without any installation step for those applications.

Of course, there's a feed for Zero Install itself ( http://0install.net/2007/interfaces/ZeroInstall.xml ). But that's not going to do you much good until you have a copy of Zero Install to launch it with.

Compare with RPM - if your OS doesn't come with it, you need to install RPM and then install the packages you want (1 further install step for each package you want).
If your OS doesn't come with Zero Install, you need to install it and then you can run any zero install feed (0 further install steps, ever).

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