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Linux also has a children's applications “portable”, but it is necessary?


This article was written in the 2011, there may have been some developments in the subject matter.
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For some years now the "portable software" the "x-software" is an established, software che no need to install, but starts directly through an executable. These software were written natively for "turn" below Windows, given the low share of dependencies, and in fact has been appreciated by most of these users on the network, not to mention the praise some of the main newspapers IT online.

What's this substantially? In short, the "portable software" the "x-software" software is often open source, packed, including all dependencies necessary for the operation which goes simply launched and does not require installation. In a few words might be enough inside the computer a root directory containing links the software is not portable to "soil" the Windows registry, preventing possible malfunction. They are designed for use by removable devices, come on cd USB flash drives. Simply have the program unpacked the stick.

Two of the main sites for software "portable" are, English-speaking and, of Italic development.

Today, however, begin to spread a little 'everywhere desktop oriented Linux distributions (una su tutte, the most popular Ubuntu), and finally the user begins to look to the Free Software with different eyes, realizing that to switch Windows a Linux with simplicity is a short step, not without accepting a minimum of change, just as those who pass by Windows a Mac OS X. With the future of Linux the old back needs to be felt, and this comes in these days the site

Just like the more famous "colleagues" above, provides a software park truly complete for every need of the average user. At the moment the site does not offer anything more than a long di software list available, from bittorrent client to the player video, by software publishing all'utility per i video screenshot. The only flaw that I report to the maintainer of the site is lack of organization internal, there is not a cataloging software in category, or even a 'Tagging. For now is a great cauldron of applications, but apparently in the forum you are discussing what to do. To use the programs is sufficient download the executable (a file BIN), make it executable with "chmod +x app.bin" and launch with the command "./app.bin".

Personally I find, however, the portable software for Linux not always useful, less than a few circumstances, and then explain why. The pros of portable applications for Linux:

  • the dependencies are reduced to the minimum,
  • deleting an application do not need to delete the dependencies.

The cons:

  • the portable applications do not need dependencies because they are already included in the package BIN, in general take up more space compared to a standard installation,
  • dependencies are minimized, but occasionally some dependence is discovered essential.

In addition, Linux is still not as widespread as to be easily found within the internet point, or in hotel, is highly unlikely to be able to use a downloaded application from outside your home computer. Among other things, it must be said that today is really simple install Linux (any distribution) on a usb stick and have your own distribution always available on any computer that supports booting from usb, not some program but an entire distribution.

The idea of ​​a portable software park is not bad, but for now I do not see the utility still.


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