Linked by Rahul on Sat 11th Oct 2008 01:53 UTC
Linux PolishLinux has an interview with the KPackageKit developers. PackageKit is a abstraction layer over the different Linux package management tools. It is primarily designed to unify the graphical tools and provide a consistent distribution neutral framework for application developers to install add-ons as well. This project was initiated and continues to be maintained by Red Hat developer Richard Hughes who also wrote the initial GNOME frontend to it, called gpk-application. Multiple backends currently exist and it is the default for Fedora and Foresight Linux already. Other distributions including Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, Mandriva, and Gentoo are actively participating in the development of different backends. A KDE interface has been under rapid development recently and just did a 1.0 release last week. This interview provides more details.
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If you look at the previous screenshots, the kernel was among the updates installed, so a restart was definitely required for the update to take effect.

The kernel can't be updated while it's running (nor could you update X or KDE from within an X/KDE session); the best that can be done for these packages is to setup the updated files to be used the next time. So the reboot notification you're complaining about is actually a good feature.

IIRC, Ubuntu has this same feature.

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