Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on February 16, 2007 03:48 PM
The main problem with zero-install is that it's over decentralised. If you're program depends on gtk it will get it from www.gtk.org.
This dose mean that zero-install programs share dependencies but its not so good if you want to install something in 10 years time.
Really what is needed is some way of createing a<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.tar.gz that includes all dependencies, save those provides by the LSB, and installing that via an install-shield like program. Such a system will be worse than apt or yum in most respects but its sheer simplisity would make it easy to do securely and allow developers to publish their own packages.