I fully understand for what purpose I need a package-management system like yum or apt:
To create a stable system. It is perfect or a server, however, on desktop machines I think it would be much easier for Unix beginners to install complete setups like windows setups (the famous setup.exe).
- You can install painlessly multiple versions of same program
- No dependency problems, as the package has everything it needs
- simple removement: just delete the folder
The only problem I see is harddisk space, but today this is negligible.
A simple example:
XAMPP on windows installs a fixed Version of apache php mysql perl and other tools in a single folder. You just can move it, remove it, install an lder version next to it.
So why is there no standard Setup format for Linux which I can download, run and it just has all dependencies I need and they will be installed in a single folder?
Note that I do not dismiss package management, I want to have both alternatives, but I assume there must be a serious problem with this single setup approach, but I cannot see it..