Anyone can distribute software
If you have a web-site, you can distribute your software;
Security is central
Installing a word-processor doesn't grant it administrator access;
You control your own computer
You don't have to guess what happens during installation;
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.
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- Nov 2014
- 0install gained support for source dependencies (where one program depends on the source code to another). The OPAM OCaml package manager is now available through 0install, as described in the Binary distribution with 0install blog post, which also explains how to publish software using 0template.
- Oct 2014
- 0install 2.6.7 for Windows was released (bugfixes and performance improvements), as well as 0template 0.2 - new features include support for Windows and <recipe>s. The solver code has been refactored (see the Simplifying the Solver with Functors blog post for details), which should make it easier to understand and more flexible. In particular, it can now support building a compiler with a build dependency on an earlier version of the same compiler. Finally, here's a video of a short Introduction to 0install talk from OCaml 2014.
- Sep 2014
- Lots of progress on auto compilation support in 0install. This allows 0install to compile missing dependencies from source automatically (previously, this required getting and running 0compile).
- Aug 2014
- There's a new 0bootstrap-php service for creating installation scripts for Windows and Unix for users who don't want to learn about 0install before installing something. The bug reporting tool now offers hints for common problems. Work has started on a queuing service to support 0repo repositories for groups (where multiple developers can submit new packages to a shared repository and have them imported by a service).
- Jul 2014
- 0compile gains support for a "pin-components" attribute, to say that a source implementation can build against different versions of a library, but whichever version is picked, the resulting binary must run with a similar version (e.g. same major.minor components). The Python to OCaml: Retrospective blog post looks back at the now-complete porting work.