Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Jun 2008 22:31 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Linux Earlier this week, we reported on the Berlin Packaging API, an effort to consolidate the various different packaging formats and managers in the Linux world. Many compared this new effort to PackageKit, and today Linux.com is running an article detailing what PackageKit exactly is, with a few quotes from the project's lead developer, Richard Hughes.
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by axel on Wed 25th Jun 2008 23:54 UTC
axel
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2006-02-04

Let me me see if I've got this right. Packagekit does absolutely nothing and despite doing nothing still treats the most or second most used package manager (apt) as a second class citizen.

how exactly does that help anything.

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by Doc Pain on Thu 26th Jun 2008 00:13 in reply to "so..."
Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

Let me me see if I've got this right. Packagekit does absolutely nothing and despite doing nothing still treats the most or second most used package manager (apt) as a second class citizen.


As far as I understand, PackageKit simply adds a new layer to the system's native package manager (for example, apt, very famous in Linux), so installation process can be controlled with a kind of agnosia what has to be done exactly.

how exactly does that help anything.


Personally, I would prefer one authorative standard instead of another layer that may bring bloat and slowing down abstraction to where it shouldn't be. That should be possible, basically.

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by g2devi on Thu 26th Jun 2008 01:01 in reply to "RE: so..."
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2005-07-09

"how exactly does that help anything.


Personally, I would prefer one authorative standard instead of another layer that may bring bloat and slowing down abstraction to where it shouldn't be. That should be possible, basically.
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The problem is, you can't control all the places KDE and GNOME get deployed, namely Gentoo, FreeBSD, Solaris, and even Windows. PackageKit at least provides some hope that a unified UI can be used. That being said, it seems to be inferior to Synaptic or gnome-app-install on Ubuntu, so it'll have to mature a bit before it can be a true replacement.

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