Autopackage, the distro neutral packaging framework for Linux systems, got the release of 0.5 with major improvements in nearly every area have been made, including:
– Improved documentation on binary portability
– Big improvements to the apbuild binary portability tool.It can now automatically remove unnecessary link options as a program is compiled.
– A new program to make soft linking easy has been added (relaytool).
– Package release numbers have been implemented
– Packages can now upgrade themselves in a simplistic style (by automatically removing the old version)
– Native RPMs for the support code, for those who don’t want autopackage to install it automatically. These should work on pretty much any RPM based distribution.
– You can list the files of an installed package now
– You can once again run a .package direct from a graphical file manager, and it will all just work.
– A new graphical root password prompting program, autosu, is used to ask the user if they have the root password while still offering them the ability to install as non-root if they don’t have it.
– New APIs for installing KDE mime files
– Lots of bugfixes!