[packagekit] Announcement: PackageKitInstaller
glatzor at ubuntu.com
Sat Dec 6 10:37:38 PST 2008
We had a discussion of the PackageKit situation on Debian/Ubuntu at
FossCamp yesterday. The main issue is still the need to add a lot of
workarounds to integrate the interactiveness of APT well.
But since we don't want to delay the use of PackageKit anymore we will
perhaps take two approaches:
On the one hand providing the PackageKit infrastructure by shipping it
by default, but not making use of the gnome-packagekit applications. So
that it can be used in cases where we can assure the unattended
installation e.g. in Jockey.
On the other hand we would add a replacement for the session D-Bus API:
PackageKitInstaller. I am not sure about the name and if you, Richard,
thinks its to far away from the original idea of PackageKit I would also
change the name.
PackgeKitInstaller uses D-Bus activation on the session bus and
currently calls synaptic for the actual installation. I plan to switch
this to a native python-apt client. It is currently only at a rough idea
See here for a screencast:
Code is hosted at Launchpad:
Packages are available:
This whole idea doesn't make me happy but seems to be a practical
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