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Zero Install - Distribute & run Software without any Setup

 Imagine a world where ...

... 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

Users don't need administrator access just to install a word-processor;
Digital signatures
are always checked before new software is run;
Users share libraries without having to trust each other;
Use of sandboxes and virtualisation is routine

... 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, sharing between users, and integration with native platform package managers. It supports both binary and source packages, and works on Linux, Mac OS X, Unix and Windows systems. It is fully Open Source.
0install introduction
(screencast with audio commentary)

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