Linux.com: Autopackage: Toward a Universal Package Manager for the Desktop
Dec 02, 2005, 08:30 (5 Talkback[s])
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"If Mike Hearn, Hongli Lai, and the rest of the Autopackage team
realize their goals, the future of package management in GNU/Linux
will be greatly different from the present. Existing package
management systems will remain for libraries and system utilities,
but a separate tool will manage desktop applications. Packages will
be installable for either the entire system or just the current
account. Installation will be more convenient, too, with graphical
tools designed for usability and tools for both end users and
developers documented to professional standards.
"It's a strong vision, although some of the details may prove
controversial. It's also one that Abiword, Inkscape, the GIMP, and
at least three dozen other projects are already experimenting with.
Commercial companies such as Adobe and VMware have also expressed
interest, according to Hearn..."