Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 24th Apr 2008 15:42 UTC, submitted by M-Saunders
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu The Hardy Heron has taken flight: it's the second LTS (Long Term Support) release of the world's most popular distro. New features include the Wubi Windows installer and Firefox 3 beta 5. Grab a copy here, and check out Linux Format's overview of the release.
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RE[5]: Another Ubuntu
by benji on Fri 25th Apr 2008 08:02 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Another Ubuntu"
benji
Member since:
2008-04-25

Actually, packagekit is a package management abstraction API. It does not replace any existing systems, but rather allows the creation of distribution independent software that is package management aware. Packagekit frontends will use yum on fedora, apt on debian, zypp on suse. etc. See http://packagekit.org for more information.


As for suse package management stack being slow, that's not really true any more. See http://youtube.com/watch?v=XB3o4Skka5Q

YaST uses the same package management library as the command line application, so sees all the same speed improvements.

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RE[6]: Another Ubuntu
by sakeniwefu on Fri 25th Apr 2008 09:50 in reply to "RE[5]: Another Ubuntu"
sakeniwefu Member since:
2008-02-26

If everyone is going to use packages in their own format, why should we have a format abstraction daemon running?

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RE[7]: Another Ubuntu
by benji on Fri 25th Apr 2008 17:37 in reply to "RE[6]: Another Ubuntu"
benji Member since:
2008-04-25

There is no packagekit daemon running all the time. It starts on demand.

And the package format is irrelevant. An application can ask to install a certain package and packagekit will install it, provided the package is packaged for the distribution currently running.

It uses the distributions' own packages. The application does not need to know what format the packages are in.

Perhaps you should read http://packagekit.org/pk-faq.html

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