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2010/10/8 Marc Paré <>:
Do you know what the reasons were for not using these? It would seem to m
sense that you would want to free up dev work and try to unify an upgrade
process for everyone.

Because at the end of the day, they do not work. Just one word:
dependencies. If you try to install as user something that needs
shared libraries the probability you end with a mess is high:
duplicated libraries is just one of the problems, track what is on
your system (and clean what is not needed any more) is another.
Just look at what happens on windows, with the miracle of the
multiplying libraries: windows systems tends to get "fatter" (and
slower, and...) with time just because the install/upgrade system for
apps is not centralized.
Software repositories managed by system applications (yum, libzipp...
whatever) ARE an unified upgrade system, reliable, secure and fast
that simplify your life. You just need online storage capacity and
someone who build the packages, but that someone do not need to be a
developer: almost anyone can build packages (after a period of
training, of course ;) )
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