Autopackage is a new software packaging management system intended to be usable across multiple Linux distributions. Unlike traditional package formats such as RPM and Deb, Autopackage checks for the presence of dependencies on the actual system files, rather than querying a database of package information.
This reduces compatibility issues with different package naming conventions, relaxes package version dependency and allows users to install the application without worrying about what package format is being used by his Linux distribution. The Linux version of OpenOffice.org, as a third-party binary (when viewed from the point of view of Linux vendors) for download with frequent updates, highly fits the distribution requirement being served and addressed by autopackage.
OpenOffice.org in autopackage format discussion
- Issue 46333: Native Linux install package using autopackage