One Package Manager for them All

“The idea of one universal package format for all distributions
has been batted around a few times over the years. One of the most
notable was Ryan C. Gordon’s idea of FatELF files. Reactions varied
from supportive to skeptical to down right opposed. Well, it seems
a new team from major distributions is coming together to implement
a “common application installer API and infrastructure.”

“Developers from RedHat, Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu, openSUSE,
Mandriva and Mageia got together last week at the SUSE office in
Nürnberg to discuss how they might implement a universal
application installer they are referring to as an Application
Store. This is in response to the belief that end users aren’t
interested in libraries, dependencies, compatibility, and other
technical details. They think users only care about screenshots,
basic descriptions, ratings, user reviews, and such.”


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