Posted Mar 31, 2005 5:13 UTC (Thu) by jwb
Parent article: Autopackage 1.0
The problem with Autopackage seems social instead of technical. It encourage the behavior,
common among users of other major operating systems, of finding random byte strings on
the Internet, and running them through the CPU. When you install a package from the Debian
archive, you are taking advantage of an editorial process that endeavors to make certain the
packages can be safely installed and used. Furthermore Autopackage provides no
mechanism for updating software, which is a far more difficult problem already
addressed by apt and the others. Providing a means to install software but no means to apply
security updates borders on negligence. Downloading and installing nonupdateable packages
(RPM, deb, or
from unknown sources is not a smart behavior and I hope it doesn't become the normal way of
installing software on Linux systems.
Autopackage also doesn't seem to solve technical problems for anybody except proprietary
software vendors. And honestly, who gives a flip about helping those guys out?
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