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[2]: attendees
by wirespot on Thu 27th Jan 2011 14:37 UTC in reply to "RE: attendees"
wirespot
Member since:
2006-06-21

A unified app store might even mean a unified app repository. Imagine that!


I don't think that will ever happen. Different distributions cater to different audiences and purposes. And each distribution has different branches, at the very least a "stable" and a "development" branch; most of them more than two.

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. It's great they're doing this wrapper but it's just a specialized app that caters to a niche audience. Do not expect major architectural changes to go with it.

It does not mean package managers will be unified, ever, or that distributions will give up their own goals and development process just for the sake of dumping everything into one big repository.

Furthermore, power users and developers will need to keep using the power tools of the package manager. They need the extra information, or to automate update and upgrade operations, or to fine-tune the way the manager works, be able to access it from the console etc.

Please remember that Linux is very flexible and is being used by lots of people in lots of different ways. "Grandma's desktop PC" is just a small part of it.

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RE[3]: attendees
by phoenix on Thu 27th Jan 2011 17:16 in reply to "RE[2]: attendees"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

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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RE[4]: attendees
by mgl.branco on Thu 27th Jan 2011 17:49 in reply to "RE[3]: attendees"
mgl.branco Member since:
2009-07-22

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.


In fact they'll use PackageKit, but their going to change the UI and rely on other services to provide info.

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RE[3]: attendees
by avgalen on Fri 28th Jan 2011 06:11 in reply to "RE[2]: attendees"
avgalen Member since:
2010-09-23

I see Linux being used in 3 places:
embedded OS (hardly ever gets updated, so no repository needed, let alone an appstore)
server OS (updates sometimes come from a repository but not always and an appstore is not needed)
"Grandma's Desktop OS" (or more commonly refered to as "Geek OS"/"No virus OS"/"Cheap OS" where this article is all about

Indeed a small part, but the only part relevant here

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