App installation explanationFebruary 20, 2009
We’re building a system to make app installation stupidly easy.
We’re still banging it out, but assuming it all comes together and works (and it should, we’re nearly there) .. you’ll download special apps in a bundle, a .pnd file. Inside that will be a directory structure and so on for the app to live, but users won’t care (unless they unpack it into a directory.)
So an entire app (all its data etc) can be downloaded as one file, dropped onto an SD card. Stick the card into Pandora, and te launcher shows the app in its category. Tap to run and it just works. No unzip, no set up.. just download and run. Piece of cake. (You are of course able to unpack it, futz with it, put it in anywhere you want on sD or in NAND, etc.)
We also intend to build the OS in such a way that you can just use Angstron packages if you want to, but thats suboptimal. (I can explain why if you want.)
Anyway, its going to be easier than on the gp2x, which was not really rocket science either
We or I will start writing up some docs on the wiki soon, so folks can get an idea how it wll/does work.
(For devs.. it is pretty easy to pack up the files into a .pnd; trivial on linux, a little work on Windows.)
Thanks to virtuosos Prometheus and DasFool tuning us in.