Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Jan 2011 22:24 UTC, submitted by fran
Linux Installing software on Linux has gotten progressively easier over the years, down to being downright foolproof in Ubuntu's Application Center. However, there is still the problem of each distribution relying on its own frontends and backends, and this needs to be addressed. Members from all the major Linux distributions have held several talks, and have come up with a solution which is already being implemented.
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RE[2]: attendees
by wirespot on Thu 27th Jan 2011 14:37 UTC in reply to "RE: attendees"
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A unified app store might even mean a unified app repository. Imagine that!

I don't think that will ever happen. Different distributions cater to different audiences and purposes. And each distribution has different branches, at the very least a "stable" and a "development" branch; most of them more than two.

The system they're proposing here is a wrapper that hides the different package managers under a common interface with features that appeal to end-users. It's great they're doing this wrapper but it's just a specialized app that caters to a niche audience. Do not expect major architectural changes to go with it.

It does not mean package managers will be unified, ever, or that distributions will give up their own goals and development process just for the sake of dumping everything into one big repository.

Furthermore, power users and developers will need to keep using the power tools of the package manager. They need the extra information, or to automate update and upgrade operations, or to fine-tune the way the manager works, be able to access it from the console etc.

Please remember that Linux is very flexible and is being used by lots of people in lots of different ways. "Grandma's desktop PC" is just a small part of it.

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