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Mad Penguin: Self-Executing Application Installers in Linux: Yay or Nay?

Feb 28, 2007, 23:30 (4 Talkback[s])
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"Windows users prefer self-executing application installers, and for the most part, they get the job done well. But those of us on the Linux side of the fence have long since been content with Deb and RPM packages, among other application packaging options.

"In the past, I have seen a few different attempts at bringing forth this packaging scheme to the Linux desktop. To say that it has been met with varied success would be kind. But the fact remains that it is the creation of Linux software packaging that needs the most help. I believe the installation of software itself for the end-user is just about where it ought to be. However, are we addressing the packaging needs of the developer? This is open to debate..."

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