autopackage allows developers to produce "install anywhere" packages for 3rd party Linux software. The resulting packages support both graphical and terminal frontends, support dependency checking and resolution, and use deep desktop integration. Additionally, tools to enhance the packaged software such as binreloc and relaytool are provided. By providing an autopackage, developers can ensure their users always have an easy way of installing the latest release of their software.
Re: I am sorry.
That is simply incorrect. Linux binaries are binary compatible, if they were not, we would not be attempting schemes like ZeroInstall or autopackage.
Believe me. I have spent many months of my life researching these matters. Linux binary compatability, while improvable, is definately good enough to try this. After all, why not ask Loki, or CodeWeavers, or any of the other companies that ship one set of binaries for all distributions and somehow manage.
The obvious solution.....
... is to have developers build their own packages, which are the official way to install the software. The team that wrote the software are the best qualified to package it anyway.
PIMP ALERT: so if you have some spare time, dear reader, come help us build autopackage, the intention of which is exactly that :)