September 28, 2010

Offline application installation

Hi!

I still learning linux.

I want to ask the following?

I am having difficulty using linux because I do not have dedicated internet for installing application offline.

I did use keryx for Ubuntu it is really great but there are applications that need to install online like ubuntu tweak, ailurus and others.

But i wanted also to try other distro like fedora, opensuse and others. Those I believe required direct internet connection installation.

Using VirtualBox was good alternative also for updating/installing other application.

Here is the question:

 

1. What are things that application builder holding them for not creating offline installation file?
   
2. What are things that application builder holding them for not including dependencies in their app for offline installation?

Simple answer first then technical.

Thanks for your time.

Please bear with me I can't read your reply from time to time.

1. nothing. In fact, the files you download from an on-line installation tool...

1. nothing. In fact, the files you download from an on-line installation tool like yum or apt-get are the same files that you would get on a CD or DVD. You can, in fact, get coppies of the repositories on DVD usually, but obviously, software on the DVDs becomes "stale" in that it's not updated.

2. Sometimes licensing, sometimes, nothing. Again, if you got a copy of the repository on DVD,m you could still use dpkg or rpm to calculate the dependencies and install those as well. I'm not very familiar with yum, but I know that apt also allows you to speficy a DVD as a repository for the same feel as "on-line" installation and updating.

Does that make sense to you?

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