Autopackage

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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.

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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 http://www.kevinfreitas.net/pro/ I'd love to hear your opinions. Hope all is well!

~ Kevin

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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.

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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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