ZeroInstall; dare ya !

William Park opengeometry-FFYn/CNdgSA at
Mon Dec 15 23:56:18 UTC 2003

On Mon, Dec 15, 2003 at 06:34:04PM -0500, David J Patrick wrote:
> (from the website) Key Points;
>    * Software is only ever /cached/, not /installed/. Anyone can run
>      any software, and nothing is run as root.
>    * Running a program is done in the same way whether it's cached or not.
>    * Running cached software is as fast as running
>      traditionally-installed software.
>    * Zero Install is both simpler and more secure than traditional
>      packaging systems.
>    * Software can be removed from the cache to free space without
>      affecting the behaviour of the system (it will be recached on demand).
> How hard could it be ?
>    ok, it requires a small Linux kernel module to provide the 
> /uri/0install directory,
> but that's probably a piece o cake, for a seasoned, Rox lovin', kernel 
> compilin' cowboy, such as yerself.
>    right ?
> If this thing works, as advertized, it'll change the world.. unless 
> nobody "gets it".
>    check it out, try it out. spread the word.       
> (when I learn to cook up a kernel, I'm gonn go 2.6, cause Linus said to,
> and get me some 0install,

But, how would you run Vim or LaTeX?  You would have to dial out every
time you turn your computer on, no?  Is that like doing network install,
every time?

William Park, Open Geometry Consulting, <opengeometry-FFYn/CNdgSA at>
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