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What�s this �CoApp� all about?

Apr 11, 2010, 15:03 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Garrett Serack)

"Last week, I blog'd about a new open source project that I've launched called "CoApp" (The Common Opensource Application Publishing Platform). As I've mentioned on the project site, "CoApp aims to create a vibrant Open Source ecosystem on Windows by providing the technologies needed to build a complete community-driven Package Management System, along with tools to enable developers to take advantage of features of the Windows platform."

"Ugh—a mouthful—and all chocked full of them shiny marketing words.(Uh.. yeah, I know wrote that.).

"So, what does that mean?

"Well, while Windows provides some pretty good stuff for packaging applications in the form of Windows Installer* technology (aka "MSI"), the down side is that the open source community hasn't really picked it up in the same way that they have picked up packaging on other platforms where they create repositories and distributions of software, and so we're missing out on having these nice, consistent collections of all these great open source apps. That's where I really want to be."

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