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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Not the way to go
by agrouf on Sun 12th Oct 2008 15:19 UTC
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To me, this is just another package manager. That's a big idea: why don't create a package manager that everybody will use and get done with all the different ways of doing the same thing. The big problem is that everytime you have this idea, you create another package manager and there is one more other way to do the exact same thing. In other words, it is not such a great idea, but an addition to the problem.
Actually, rpm is supposed to be LSB and universal accross distros, but you guess what? Some distros decided not to install it and not to folow the LSB at all. Your new package manager or API or whatever does not make sense if not every single distros under the sun have it and it ain't gonna happen.
In my opinion, the right way to go is the alien way.
By the way, it is not a linux problem. Linux doesn't handle or care about packages at all. Linux is a kernel. It's not Mandriva's fault that Windows uses MSI or that OSX uses a strange package format and that debian uses deb files. Linux is not an OS. Mandriva is consistant with Mandriva, Debian is consistant with Debian and red hat is consistant with Red Hat. There is no political problem here. If you see a political problem, that's because you don't understand the difference between a distro and linux. Mandriva or debian is not linux. Linux is the kernel of MAndriva and Debian.

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