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[3]: attendees
by phoenix on Thu 27th Jan 2011 17:16 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: attendees"
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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.

I haven't read the article yet, but isn't that what PackageKit does? I've use KPackageKit on Kubuntu (apt backend) and Arch (pacman backend) and it works just the way you say: unified front-end that's easy to use, but that queries the distro-specific repos.

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