A new version of the RUNZ framework (0.8.9.6) is now out, with some changes:
*dropped support for UDF ISOs – This means some old .runz files that were at my site will no longer work – A very simple solution for this is to download the new ones already available at my site (all the old ones are now replaced)
*fuseiso is now used instead of mountlo
*Added support for x64 computers (but I did not tested it because I do not have x64 computers)
*a few small bugs fixes, including support to run the same file by many users at the same time.
Why drop support for UDF?
The tool I used to support UDF (Universal Disk Format) is still in beta (mountlo), and has a few limitations that affected the usability of .runz files, so I decided to drop the UDF format for now. This means runz files can’t be bigger than 4 GB (I’m not sure about the exact max size). Let’s hope fuseiso gets UDF support or that mountlo gets stable/final (help in that if you can!)
I will try to re-add support for UDF in the future, but I think the current format is fine for now… (I never saw a Linux app bigger than 4 GB)
I know it sucks to break compatibility with older files, but that’s why this still has the “beta” label: the specifications are not finished yet.
Super OS users: as usual, this version is already available in the Super OS repository
Please report any bugs you might find (kown issues here)
For those who still haven’t converted to alternative systems, an official beta of Microsoft Security Essentials is finally out! It is a free anti-malware (anti-trojan, anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-rootkit, etc…) software from Microsoft.
You can get it from the official site, if you have a “Windows Live ID account” AND if you are one of the first 75,000 poeple to download it.
Microsoft Security Essentials is available for Windows Vista and Windows 7 (32 bits and 64 bits) and also for Windows XP (32 bits)
As an alternative, you can download it directly from my site, if you want.
I hope this helps reduce the number of botnets, infected computers and all that crap…
Just heard today that Google has released an official alpha of Google Chrome (not just pre-alphas of Chromium!)
While this is an ALPHA/testing/unstable version, at least now it is usable.
Super OS users: Google Chrome is now already in the Super OS repositories, just install it with Synaptic
I have also prepared a portable version for Linux in RUNZ format, grab it here: http://hacktolive.org/wiki/Portable_Applications_(Linux)
Read the official announcement
SRUN has been renamed to “RUNZ”.
But what is runz?
RUNZ is trying to be an easier way to use applications on Linux. It’s something like a wrapper/container for programs/applications/executables/scripts. It allows users to just double click a file and open it, without the need to mark the file as executable and other stuff like that. Some of it’s uses are Portable Applications and super-deb installers (program + dependencies in a nice installer).
Files in RUNZ format use the .runz extension, and you need to install the RUNZ framework (now available for Debian, Ubuntu and Super OS) to be able to run them. This is still considered in “beta”, however, I find it very stable. Please check out the known issues and report any bugs you might find
Get the RUNZ framework at: hacktolive.org/runz
UPDATE: The RUNZ Framework is now available as an installer for most (recent!) distros