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CoApp: package management for Windows
Interesting note here from Mary Jo Foley’s always-useful Microsoft blog:

Summary: there is a nascent (like, just beginning) project to develop “CoApp”, an open-source package-management system for Windows. This recognizes that one strength of the Linux ecosystem is the mature way in which software packages are handled, which makes it much easier to roll out open source systems. Windows doesn’t have anything of the sort, and the theory here is that creating one that is tailored to the peculiarities of Windows will make it significantly easier to use open source on it.

Very neat idea. We'll see whether the project goes anywhere, but I think he's onto something here: a more organized approach to deployment would make it much easier for those of us who do want to use open source in a Windows environment.

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It'd make it easier to use anything in Windows. I've never understood how people can put up with their apps using seventy gazillion customized variants of InstallShield.

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