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Free Software Magazine: Interview with Kevin Carmony

Jun 14, 2006, 16:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tony Mobily)

[ Thanks to Dave Guard for this link. ]

TM: One of the big features of Linspire is the CNR Service (Click and Run). This client was originally based on APT (Debian's package manager). CNR has now evolved. Is it still based on APT? Can a 'hybrid system' function properly without going through the dependency hell?

"KC: Correct. CNR has always been, and still is, based around Debian packaging, including APT. You have always been able to use APT with Linspire. However, you might (as is the case with any Debian-based distro) run into problems if you APT from different pools which are not compatible; this is also true for Debian, Ubuntu, etc. So, in other words, if you CNR from the Linspire CNR Warehouse repository, and then you apt-get from Debian or Ubuntu repositories, you may or may not create dependency problems. Linspire stays pretty close to Debian Sid, but there are so many .deb repositories, you just need to be careful. Our goal is to make sure the CNR Warehouse remains the most inclusive, stable and current repository so there isn't any need to APT outside of the CNR repository, but there is nothing preventing anyone from doing that..."

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