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Do We Really Need Another Packaging System?

Jun 27, 2008, 21:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Yaakov Nemoy)

"Recently I've been quoted by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for questioning the need for the LSB Package API. The kind of conversation going on over the LSB Package API has been a recurring theme ever since I started using Linux, and it contains quite a few fallacies I would like to put down. Most importantly, the most common theme I've heard is that this fancy new system could usher in a new era of easy package installation for users. Let's go over some of these myths.

"MYTH: PackageKit is just one level of abstraction on top of package management that serves no purpose other than to make things more complex.

"REALITY: As stated in said article, Linspire has also created such a layer. There is a huge difference between PK and CNR though..."

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