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Original OSNews Interviews Today we are very happy to publish a very interesting Q&A with major freedesktop.org members: the founder Havoc Pennington (also of Debian, Gnome and Red Hat fame), Waldo Bastian (of SuSE & KDE fame), Keith Packard and Jim Gettys (of X/XFree86/fontconfig/w3c fame) and David Zeuthen, a new member who's taking over the ambitious HAL project. In the article, we discuss about general freedesktop.org goals, status and issues, the role of KDE/Qt in the road to interoperability with Gnome/GTK+, HAL (with new screenshots), the new X Server aiming to replace XFree86 and we even have an exclusive preliminary screenshot of a version of Mac OS X's Exposé window management feature for this new X Server! This is one article not to be missed if you are into Unix/Linux desktop!
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Re: autopackage
by Mike Hearn on Wed 26th Nov 2003 13:50 UTC

Standards: tried it, didn't work out too well. There was little appetite for such a thing. While Red Hat were enthusastic, Debian were cautious and Gentoo were also enthusiastic until internal politiking ended it, getting standards for package metadata was compared to me in private to "asking for world peace". There are archives on the net if you want all the gory details.

The autopackage approach doesn't require everybody to suddenly relabel millions of packages, good though that would be. Modern dependency trees are huge and standardising them all is very hard indeed. Maybe somebody else can do this, I don't know. If they can then best of luck to them.