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  • bindle

    Bindle: Object Storage for Collections

    I hope they consider this:

    Bindle seems interesting but I'm not quite sure how to use it or whether it will take off anytime soon. Maybe cargo has some of its interesting features.

  • fpm

    Effing package management! Build packages for multiple platforms (deb, rpm, etc) with great ease and sanity.

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  • Cargo

    The Rust package manager

    I actually agree, yet it still has shortcomings. For eg is still open (it's from 2014!!)

  • devbox

    Instant, easy, and predictable development environments

    I've spent the last year managing all my packages with Devbox (

    Local dev, cloud dev, CI, production – all with the same config file. Fingers crossed my talk submission for PackagingCon gets accepted. It'd be awesome to share this new way of working with a wider audience.

  • nix-installer

    Install Nix and flakes with the fast and reliable Determinate Nix Installer, with over a million installs.

    and that's just the simple version, on Linux, and thus is likely the happy-path in CI.

    When trying to use it locally on macOS, this here is just some "you wanna do _what_?!": (not to pick on, the upstream is similarly facepalm: )

  • nfpm

    nFPM is Not FPM - a simple deb, rpm, apk and arch linux packager written in Go

    I love me some fpm, but I recently discovered it has a golang pseudo-replacement:

    It's for sure a ton harder to use (IMHO) because it mandates the creation of a manifest yaml, versus "fpm -s dir -t deb my-directory && echo tada" but not having to deal with ruby (or docker) can make it a better fit for several circumstances

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