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Nix fixes dependency hell on all Linux distributions

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 87.80.252.9] on December 23, 2008 01:13 PM
It's not POSIX-compliant but it could sit very nicely alongside a POSIX-compliant system as a platform for installing otherwise incompatible software. Sounds really flexible.

My concern is; is it too flexible? Could it become a vector for trojans? What will stop vital system components being substituted to create back doors? Will it have its own repository or allow any package to specify anything?

If a system were built from scratch using this it wouldn't be GNU, but a new OS using GNU and possibly other *nix components assembled in a new way. Would that be secure? The present model with packagers working very hard just to keep things working is very time-wasting, but it also provides control over what goes into a distribution. Would that control be lost to the point that the resulting OS would soon become a giant botnet?

These are huge issues to address. If they can be, then maybe this has a great future.

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