Announcement: One Click Installer

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Wed Aug 8 09:09:56 UTC 2007

On Tue, Aug 07, 2007 at 09:57:42PM +0200, Krzysztof Lichota wrote:
> Matt Zimmerman napisał(a):
> >> So Ubuntu could just provide signed files for applications hosted in its
> >> repository, signed with its key for use by everyone else. Files would be
> >> hosted on Ubuntu server and everyone else (forum support people,
> >> bloggers, journalists, ...)  could just provide links to these files
> >> instead of creating them on their own.
> > 
> > There is no need for Ubuntu to provide additional metadata for the thousands
> > of programs available in the repositories.  Instead, the metadata file need
> > only provide the name of the package, and the local package manager can
> > install it from the official repository.
> > 
> > This provides the experience of locating the software on the web while
> > retaining the security and maintenance characteristics of the distribution
> > model.
> This is the approach of apt:// protocol. It is not extensible and it
> will not make Ubuntu competitive to rich software ecosystem of Windows.
> There _must_ be the way for third party software creators to publish
> their software easily. Otherwise they will not be interested in creating
> their apps for Linux.

The two are not mutually exclusive, and an ideal solution would incorporate

 - mdz

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