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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RE[2]: Not the way to go
by agrouf on Mon 13th Oct 2008 17:21 UTC in reply to "RE: Not the way to go"
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Most distributions introduced since the LSB adopted RPM have used RPM. The distributions which "decided" not to use it natively decided this long before there was a LSB: Debian and Slackware. Their derivatives retain that decision, naturally. How many distributions begun from scratch since the introduction of the LSB don't use RPM? Answer that.

I can think instantly about quite a few actually. Puppy, Gobolinux, DSL and several other specialized and general distros that appeared after the LSB but decided not to use it.

Anyway, your post makes sense, I wish good luck to the project, and I wish a lot of distros will use it.

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