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Posted on March 28, 2005 7:06 AM in Computers
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Finally! Autopackage adds Windows-like install/uninstall functionality to Linux. Even as someone who is now comfortable with the typical ./configure, make, make install process for installing new applications on Linux (and semi-comfortable with RPMs), I have always felt that package management has been the Achilles' heel keeping Linux behind Windows in the desktop world. If you're a Linux user and reading this hasn't quite piqued your interest, just take a look at the screenshots.

I'm really looking forward to seeing Autopackage in action.


KevinFreitas on March 28, 2005 at 9:29 AM:

That does look particularly exciting. I just installed Ubuntu on a laptop at home and must say that said flavors of Linux have come a long way. I hadn't used anything Linux since Redhat 7.2 and I'm happy to see the progress in the way of smooth installation. I plan to use it as a kiosk machine running Firefox pretty much 24/7 in our new house.

My hope is to go completely Linux at work within the next year (hopefully this summer).

Glad I found your blog -- it looks great. Check out my articles and extension(s, right now there's only one but I've got two others in the works) at I'd love to hear your opinions. Hope all is well!

~ Kevin


nordsieck on March 30, 2005 at 8:15 AM:

umm... ???
It just looks to me like this makes RPM not suck as much. What is the difference between this and apt-get, portage or compile?

I think that it is telling, the number of debian and, to a lesser extent, gentoo based distros out there that don't requite an uber-package manager simply to have their packages translate between eachother.

BTW, if you want to see package management done right - take a look at compile, done by the folks at gobolinux. I haven't tried it out, but it makes a whole lot of sense - much more than double wrapping an RPM because RPMs are inherently flawed by being extremely difficult to design in a cross-distro manner. Sort of like Gentoo, but optimized for the most important resource... the developer's time.


nordsieck on March 30, 2005 at 2:36 PM:

addendum to my previous comment:

Zero Install looks like it would be a good compliment to Gobolinux's compile system - using the fact that programs are constantly evolving as the basis of a package management tool is intriguing.


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