Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 1st Oct 2009 21:02 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu We reported earlier on a blog post entitled "Ubuntu Report Card (2009)" where the author detailed how they felt the Ubuntu experience had improved over the years. In a follow-up series of articles looking at the future, Tanner Helland has written 10 different broadly-scoped feature requests that [he] 'and many others would like to see by the time Ubuntu 10.10 rolls around'.
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This is true, but I think there have been two issues with all previous attempts:

1) All previous "universal package managers" (Autopackage, Zero Install, and Klik are the only ones I know of) were lacking features or ease of use. A universal package manager would need to be easy for end users and support multiple versions, advanced dependencies, non-root installation, and installation of both system software (libraries, daemons) and applications. As far as I know, no package manager satisfies these requirements (except possibly GoboLinux's package manager, but that is made specifically for GoboLinux).

2) A universal package manager would need the backing of at least one big distro. If Canonical supported it in Ubuntu, they could probably get most other distros to adopt it, since Ubuntu is by far the most common desktop Linux distro.

It may not be easy, but it would certainly be possible if the desktop Linux community cared enough.

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