PackageKit [Developer Interview]
Jan 20, 2008, 09:00 (0 Talkback[s])
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
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"What motivated you to start the PackageKit
"Richard Hughes: Every distro re-invents the
same type of package-management tools, and generally does it badly.
Package management front ends are nearly always badly localized and
translated as they are distro specific. Fedora has pup and pirut,
Ubuntu has gnome-app-install and update-manager, and Suse has
libzypp command line tools and the zen updater. The other distros
basically throw some kind of GUI on top of the package tool rather
than look at the use-cases and user interaction studies. To compete
with Windows XP and OSX we need to improve what we offer for Linux,
even with the wildly different systems such as gentoo with ebuilds
and Fedora with binary rpms..."