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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Whatever. I'm not explaining it for the umteenth time just because some people can't wrap their heads around the fact that a Linux system without Gnome is still a Linux system. There is nothing standard about GTK, Qt, or half of the hundreds of libraries installed on any one Linux box.

I know this is going to blow your mind but until just 2 days ago I had a fully functioning desktop and GTK was nowhere to be found on my system. It only came along because I decided to use Midori and abiword.

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