[packagekit] Semantic issues with GetDeps (and other interface functions)

Ken VanDine ken at vandine.org
Tue Sep 4 17:15:49 PDT 2007

Trying to be one size fits all would really be a mistake.  We really
need a tool for the average user, not the power user.  There are
already plenty of ways for power users to do these things.


On 9/4/07, Richard Hughes <hughsient at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 04/09/07, Travis Willard <travis at archlinux.org> wrote:
> > The desire to be accessible to all types of people is a good desire, but isn't it the distribution's decision to make?  Each distro has their own guidelines for packaging policy, and you can't expect that to change because of PackageKit.
> Totally, PackageKit won't replace power GUI's such as synaptic, it's
> just not powerful enough. If we can do 80% of the common tasks a user
> wants to do then I think we've succeeded. Real power users can drop to
> the command line and use the distro tool directly.
> > I'm just worried you're going to exclude some of the more 'get-your-hands-dirty' distros and package managers this way.
> Sure, I had a conversation about gentoo a few weeks ago on IRC. gentoo
> doesn't seem the sort of setup that you want to thrust at new users,
> and therefore might not be the best target backend for PackageKit. For
> the other "just do it" package management solutions I think it works
> rather well.
> Richard.
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Ken VanDine

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