Zero Install

the antidote to app-stores

Anyone can distribute software

If you have a web-site, you can distribute your software;
Create one package that works everywhere;
With dependency handling and automatic updates;
There is no central point of control

Security is central

Installing a word-processor doesn't grant it administrator access;
Digital signatures are always checked before new software is run;
Users share libraries without having to trust each other;
Use with sandboxes and virtualisation is easy

You control your own computer

You don't have to guess what happens during installation;
Mix and match stable and experimental programs on a single system

Zero Install is a decentralised cross-distribution software installation system. Other features include full support for shared libraries (with a SAT solver for dependency resolution), sharing between users, and integration with native platform package managers. It supports both binary and source packages, and works on Linux, OS X, Unix and Windows systems. It is fully Open Source.

0install introduction
(screencast with audio commentary)

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May 2019
0install 2.14.1 released, fixing a bug handling HTTP redirects when using HTTP/2. 0compile 1.5 released, fixing some minor bugs.
Apr 2019
0install 2.14 released, adding support for the <package-implementation version=...> attribute and converting the build system to Dune.
Jul 2018
0install 2.13 released, adding support for <file executable='true'>, and 0install 2.15 for Windows, with various changes including support for <executable-in-*> in <command>s.
May 2018
The main web-site now supports https (due to GitHub adding support for it on custom domains).
Apr 2018
0repo 0.6 released. This adds a new "0repo modify" command, which makes it easy to promote a release to "stable", and fixes an error about multiple sub-keys when used with newer versions of gpg.

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For more information see the mailing list archives and the history / roadmap page.