[This project has been discontinued due to license compliance issues. Thanks everyone who assisted with your ideas and feedback.]


  • What is this? - this was a project dedicated to building an up-to-date collection of great, free portable software for easy installation and use.
  • What's in it? - list of included freeware
  • v. 1.3 beta - note that this release is over a year old and contains very out-of-date software. I haven't worked out how to solve licensing issues. Download


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Self-updating program

So I keep running into licenses that don't allow for redistribution or won't give me permission for a variety of reasons.  This isn't the Kitchen Sink if its missing some 30 different programs I want to put in, and my project loses all distinction as being the go-to place or portable software.  To get around this, I'm going to try to work with the Lupo project to set up a self-updating program to pull all the programs in question from their respective web sites.

It will be difficult but if I can pull it off, I can kill several birds with one stone:
  1. You will be able to download the core Kitchen Sink almost anywhere -- it will be tiny compared to the previous version
  2. I can get around almost any license issue I've come across so far
  3. It will self-update and (hopefully) keep all your settings the same each time it does
There's plenty of precedent for a program like this.


guinness said...

This Lupo73 guy knows more AutoIT then I do. I was thinking about this today on how possible it would be, have a GUI split into tabs (say 5 for example) each one labelled to the corresponding section i.e. Security, Office... and then the list of programs with a checkbox by each.
How would this sound? Is Lupo going to be hosting the AutoIT script on your site or his?

Folding Home said...

Good ideas.

Well, he doesn't seem to be big into sourceforge so it'll probably be on his site.

Also, I don't know if he'd even be willing to build something for Kitchen Sink, just that I plan to help him test it for his project and hopefully something can progress from there. If one portable project is doing it with an open source license, it might not be too difficult to expand.