Last month I proposed that the FOSS community create an integrated software installer for Windows and Mac OS that only included FOSS applications. If Google can make Google Pack, I opined, why can’t we make a FOSS Pack?
As I had expected, my idea was already realised, at least in part. WinLibre and MacLibre provide a menu of free/libre software packages for the user to choose from, and can automatically install them for you.
That’s a big step in the right direction, albeit not the beauty we have on GNU/Linux through tools like Add/Remove Applications and apt-url. It haven’t tried them (I rarely use Windows and I don’t have a Mac), but here’s what I think they need to truly shine (based on my last post on the subject):
- an updates management service, that automatically checks for available updates and installs them for you
- an ability to cleanly remove the software just as easily as it was installed
- a file system scanner that recommends FOSS software to install, based on the software and file types it finds on the hard drive