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    Zero Install Alternatives

    Zero Install is described as 'decentralised cross-distribution software installation system. Other features include full support for shared libraries, sharing between users, and integration with native platform package managers' and is an app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Zero Install for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Online / Web-based, Mac and BSD. The best alternative is PortableApps.com, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Zero Install are Ninite (Freemium), Chocolatey (Freemium, Open Source), SUMo (Freemium) and Patch My PC (Free Personal).

    This page was last updated Jan 8, 2022

    1. PortableApps.com is a website offering many free, commonly used Windows applications that have been specially packaged for portability. These portable applications can be used from removable media such as USB flash drives.
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    2. Ninite is the easiest way to install software. Pick the apps you want, and the Ninite installer will download and install all of your selected apps at once, automatically. It is 100% hands-free; Ninite automatically rejects browser toolbars and other prepackaged junk.


    3. Chocolatey NuGet is a Machine Package Manager, somewhat like apt-get, but built with Windows in mind. It is built on top of NuGet command line and the NuGet infrastructure.
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    4. SUMo stands for Software Update Monitor. Thanks to SUMo you'll be able to keep your PC up-to-date by using the most recent version of your favorite software !.
    5. Patch My PC is a small portable application that updates third party applications and Windows updates. It’s critical to keep software up to date to ensure vulnerabilities are patched.
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    6. Distributing applications on Linux is a pain: different distributions in multiple versions, each with their own versions of libraries and packaging formats. Flatpak is here to change all that.
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    7. Npackd (pronounced "unpacked") is an application store/package manager/marketplace for applications for Windows. It helps you to find and install software, keep your system up-to-date and uninstall it if no longer necessary.
    8. Snaps are software packages that are simple to create and install. They auto-update and are safe to run. And because they bundle their dependencies, they work on all major Linux systems without modification.
    9. DUMo (Drivers Update Monitor) keeps your PC up-to-date & safe by using the most recent version of required hardware drivers!.
    10. Using AppImageKit you can package desktop applications as AppImages that run on common Linux-based operating systems, such as RHEL, CentOS, Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian and derivatives.
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