Freshmeat: An RPM port of APTDec 02, 2000, 22:08 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alfredo K. Kojima)
"...APT was initially written by Debian developers (Brian White, Jason Gunthorpe, and contributors), and, therefore, it first only supported Debian systems and its dpkg package manager. Although it has been written to be fairly independent of the underlying package management system, nobody had written a RPM backend for it. Instead, many independent efforts have created different software to perform similar tasks in systems that use RPM."
"...After full integration of the RPM patches into APT, it will have the potential to become the standard package management frontend for Linux, shortening the gap between distributions and reducing incompatibility across distributions for at least one important system administration tool. Unlike tools from some other vendors, APT does not have anything tying it to a particular distribution, not even the word Conectiva in its name, which hopefully removes some of the common barriers for its wide acceptance."
"The temporarily-forked version of APT is already fully functional and actually works. Conectiva Linux 6.0 -- the first RPM-based distribution to support APT -- currently ships with it, and has some repositories that are available for use with APT."