I just tried this great application named 0install, a cool way to deploy apps. No need to
su, just a
DnD, it will automatically download all dependencies and start the app. If I’m not mistaken, when I was living in properietary software world, there was a similar technology named ClickOnce introduced in .NET Framework 2.0 by Microsoft. Well there is similar technology for Java also, known as Java Web Start.
Anyways, I just installed zeroinstall-injector package from Fedora Extras repository. And then created a launcher for
0install on my
xfce4-panel. And now, from this 0installable software directory, I’ve chosen MiniClock to install, just DnDed its Zero install feed on the recently created
0launch launcher. Then it prompted me to trust GPG keys of the software maintainer (for security reasons), and after this it downloaded the dependency and I’m running MiniClock.
Now, to create a shortcut, I’ve to do:
0alias mini-clock http://rox4debian.berlios.de/0install/MiniClock.xml. This will create a shell (
/bin/sh) script named
~/bin directory, which will launch the application. Isn’t it cool :)