Zero Install Injector2.8

GPL (GNU General Public License)    
3.3/5 22
A user-oriented decentralised software distribution for Linux operating systems.

editor's review





Zero Install Injector is an open source, multiplatform and totally free graphical software project that has been crafted as a drop-in replacement for App Stores. It makes it possible for users to install software easily in their Linux and UNIX-like systems, without the need for root privileges.

The program accomplishes its purpose by taking the URL of a program's interface description and choosing suitable versions of the respective program and all of its dependencies (also identified by URLs) according to the user's policy settings (eg. "stable", "testing", "minimal network use", etc).

Handles dependencies automatically, it’s decentralised, conflict free

Among its features we can mention support for automatic updates, support for handling dependencies automatically, strong security using GPG signatures, supports shared binaries, supports shared cache, and it’s decentralised, which means that it allows anyone to distribute software.

With Zero Install, you control your own system, your users will be able to install packages without root privileges and you will be able to install packages without being root. The application integrates well with the default package manager of your Linux system, and causes no conflicts between the packages installed with the native package manager and those installed with Zero Install.

Its graphical user interface is extremely easy to use, providing users with all the functionality they need to install third-party packages in their GNU/Linux distributions at a glance. It can be deployed on top of any desktop environment or window manager, including GNOME, KDE, LXDE, LXQt, Razor-Qt, Cinnamon or MATE.

Under the hood and supported operating systems

The program is written in the C, Python, JavaScript and Ruby programming languages. It is a cross-platform software installation system that supports all GNU/Linux distributions, including Arch Linux, Gentoo, Slackware, Ubuntu, Debian, Red Hat, Fedora, openSUSE and Linux Mint, as well as the Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows and FreeBSD operating systems. It has been successfully tested with both 32-bit and 64-bit computer architectures.

Zero Install Injector was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on November 13th, 2014
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