[packagekit] What is PackageKit? A general package management suite?
chealer at gmail.com
Mon Feb 22 20:31:35 PST 2010
I never used PackageKit. I develop Debian and there is no good package
management GUI. There was discussion about what to do to get a good package
manager for Qt/KDE. Working on KPackageKit was discussed as a possible
replacement for Adept, Synaptic and others.
But what needs to be clear before that is the intentions of PackageKit. Does
PackageKit intend to be a general-purpose or universal layer above libapt's
> Use cases for PackageKit exist for the following scenarios:
> * Boot time security updates
> * Installing files automatically, e.g. openoffice-clipart
> * Installing new features, e.g. smart-card readers
> * Allowing unprivileged users to install software in a corporate build
> * Opening unknown file formats
> * Removing dependencies for files
Should I understand that PackageKit wants to address a limited number of use
cases? PackageKit seems more focused on creating simple GUI-s than powerful
GUI-s. Is this just an impression? Basically, could PackageKit be able to
downgrade packages, put packages on hold, manage mixed systems and everything,
or should PackageKit complement more powerful but distribution-specific package
There are of course limitations coming from PackageKit being in development.
I'm not asking about the current features, but about where you want to go.
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