Free desktop application distribution and installation

Thomas Kluyver thomas at
Tue Dec 16 13:03:50 PST 2014

On 16 December 2014 at 12:52, Alexander Larsson <alexl at> wrote:

> Well, there are two parts. One is the actual "runtime" that makes the
> whole thing tick. This part is desktop independent.
> The second part is to have an actual base runtime with dependencies that
> you can use to write an application. Anyone could create one, and the
> system obviously handles that, but I'm also creating a gnome specific
> one both so that gnome applications can use it and to have *something*
> to test things on.

That sounds pretty reasonable. It's also not far from my idea of using very
few system dependencies to ensure the necessary runtime (e.g. Python 3 + Qt
5) is available, and bundling the majority of the libraries the application

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