Automated install comes to open source .NET projects

One of the nice things about Linux is the ability to install apps (and dependencies) very easily using apt-get or similar. Windows users have been missing a similar tool for a long time. Never fear, the Scottish Alt.Net group have written Hornget, a tool for installing open source .NET projects.

Quite a few projects are supported, though most are of interest only to programmers. It would be nice to see a lot more user oriented tools like games and the like.

Update June 2011: There is in fact now a far better tool called Nuget, project gallery is here.

Update January 2013: Puppet has been ported over to Microsoft Windows. Great for installing dependencies in a virtual setup.

Update June 2013: Chocolatey brings apt-get type installer to Microsoft Windows. Seems to be gaining some traction too.

Author: Jack Hughes

An experienced software engineer with 20+ years experience writing products for Microsoft Windows based operating systems as well as 12+ years experience hosting websites on Linux and Windows including e-commerce and CMS systems.