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+ <title>"Icehamster" - an Executive Summary</title>
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+ <h1>"Icehamster" - an Executive Summary</h1>
+ The Microsoft Windows line of operating systems suffers from inadequate
+ package management. Generally, programs are downloaded as
+ self-contained executables, installed using a manual process, and often
+ break other applications or the entire system. Compare this to the
+ state of the art in most modern Linux distributions (such as
+ <a href="http://www.debian.org/">Debian GNU/Linux</a>,
+ <a href="http://www.mandriva.com/">Mandriva Linux</a> and
+ <a href="http://www.redhat.com/">Fedora Linux/Red Hat Enterprise Linux</a>
+ , where one can install packages in an automated processes, and each
+ package encompass functionality that can be used by many other
+ The aim of the "Icehamster" (temporary name) project is to provide the
+ same functionality for Microsoft Windows, in an open-source
+ (BSD-licensed), flexible, and reliable way.
+ <h2>What Icehamster will do?</h2>
+ Icehamster will provide:
+ A way for developers to package their software (and similar
+ content) in packages. As opposed to traditional
+ "Next → Next → Install" Win32 packages, each of these
+ would contain a self-contained and possibly dependant
+ functionality that can later be re-used by other packages.
+ Allow developers to publish their packages online, or in re-usable
+ Allow users to install an Icehamster client which will allow them
+ to retrieve Icehamster packages from remote sources or from media.
+ All of this will be fully automatable, open source, and flexible.
+ <h2>Source of Revenue</h2>
+ The Icehamster software being open-source will not generate a profit
+ stream by itself. The Icehamster developers will instead offer
+ the software free of charge for people to download and install on their
+ computers. Furthermore, developers will be able to prepare their own
+ Icehamster packages for easy installation and maintenance of their
+ software. So what will we profit from?
+ Simple. We will provide a hosting service for Icehamster packages.
+ Instead of configuring and maintaining their own source of packages,
+ the interested developers would be able to set up an account on our
+ server, and upload new versions of their packages whenever they are
+ ready. We will charge them for the hosting, and for any extra bandwidth
+ It is possible similar providers of services will spring up. That's
+ perfectly acceptable, as we will still have a large percentage of the
+ total market, assuming we stay competitive enough.
+ We plan to use <a href="http://www.perl.org/">Perl</a>, a powerful
+ , popular and cross-platform dynamic language for writing most of
+ Icehamster. While being very high-level and allowing a programmer
+ to construct a lot of working code very quickly, it also supports
+ many low-level primitives, and platform-specific APIs.
+ We plan to use PAR - the Perl Archiver, as a way to package Icehamster
+ in self-contained executables that contain the Perl Virtual Machine
+ and all the third-party APIs. This is done in order to facilitate the
+ installation by the user.
+ We will make use of many of the
+ <a href="http://www.cpan.org/">Comprehensive Perl Archive Network</a>
+ (or CPAN) modules that we find appropriate. CPAN provides a lot of
+ ready made and fully usable functionality, that can make a dramatic
+ improvement in development time and cost. We may also make use of
+ external tools written in other languages (especially C and C++)
+ if they also prove useful.