Autopackage struggling to gain acceptance
Fourteen months ago, the Autopackage project was small and active, and members sounded optimistic about its success. Now, although the alternative installer project continues, progress has almost come to a halt. The #autopackage channel on irc.oftc.net sits vacant most days, the developer blogs cover almost anything except the project, and commits to the source code repository have become rare. Formally, the project is still alive, but the major contributors all agree that it is faltering. So what happened?
The answer reflects why many free and open source software (FOSS) projects fail, and the difficulties of introducing any major changes to the fundamental structure of Linux today.
As described in an article posted in 2005 on Linux.com, Autopackage offers several advantages over native package systems. Designed primarily for use with desktop applications rather than for basic operating system files and utilities, it can be used to install software only to non-root accounts.
This is not only convenient, but also protects the system as a whole against malware.