Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Jan 2007 21:33 UTC, submitted by twenex
Linux For independent software vendors, one of the major problems in supporting GNU/Linux is the variety of package management systems. However, if the Free Standards Group has its way, the next version of the Linux Standard Base will solve that problem by providing an application programming interface that acts as a bridge between the major package systems and software installers. Ian Murdock, CTO of the Free Standards Group, says the solution could be included in the most widely used distributions by early 2008.
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This can't work
by bhearsum on Fri 19th Jan 2007 22:09 UTC
bhearsum
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2006-02-07

This can't work without distribution co-operation.

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RE: This can't work
by miscz on Fri 19th Jan 2007 23:15 in reply to "This can't work"
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2005-07-17

From the article:
The recent packaging summit was attended by representatives of the major distributions that use the two main packaging formats, with RPM represented by Red Hat, Mandriva, and Novell, and dpkg by Debian and Ubuntu. Murdock considers this attendance an encouraging sign. "If anything, the distributions are encouraged that we are taking this very simple, pragmatic approach."

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RE: This can't work
by butters on Sun 21st Jan 2007 05:35 in reply to "This can't work"
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2005-07-08

This is a compatibility interface. The distros don't need to cooperate with each other, they just need to cooperate with the interface. And it will be in their best interest to do so. Much less work for them if they do.

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