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One idea I think would be good would be if each author placed an XML file on their website, detailing all the software they have available. Then sites offering search engines, mirror/file archives, RSS new software/updated software feeds, etc. could be written based around the XML files, much like how traditional search engines/mirror sites work today.

No more passwords to remember for the authors, only one site to update (i.e. their own), automatic removal of links to software on dead sites (since the XML file listing the software will have vanished too), etc. Plus desktop utilities like package managers can be written to download, install and update the software automatically. Add a few central servers listing all the sites with XML files and the system would pracitcally look after itself - a website/utility can connect to the central server, retrieve a list of XML files, perform queries if supported, etc.

XML files can be added/removed from the lists either by hand or by each XML file containing a list of links to other XML files - so a spider bot can run start at one file and build a list of every XML file available.

The only problems to face are those which have already been solved by standard search engines, and the system isn't reliant on one central site which may go down at any time.

 is a RISC OS UserPhlamethrower on 25/5/04 4:23PM
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