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    Unifying Linux Package Management

    Unifying Linux Package Management :

    http://linux.slashdot.org/linux/04/1...id=185&tid=106

    Job Diogenes Ribeiro Borges writes "The Smart Package Manager is an intelligent tool that works on the 'dependency hell' of software upgrading and installation on linux. Works with all major distributions (APT, APT-RPM, YUM, URPMI, etc), supporting multiple sources and technologies concurrently. Yes, you could install from multiple sources, from deb, rpm, tgz at same time! Smart Package Manager is being developed by Conectiva and is the tool that makes the Magic of CrossPlatform package management, behind the recently announced 'Four Linux Vendors Agree On An LSB Implementation.' You can get screenshots here (portuguese texts) and a README here."

    Will/should ubuntu do something with this ?

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    Re: Unifying Linux Package Management

    Err, cool concept, but never going to work in real life.

    The truth is that each distro's packages like to install things in different places -- take a look at where Fedora installs Firefox versus Debian. Things are bound to be screwed up sooner or later!
    Quote Originally Posted by tuxradar
    Linux's audio architecture is more like the layers of the Earth's crust than the network model, with lower levels occasionally erupting on to the surface, causing confusion and distress, and upper layers moving to displace the underlying technology that was originally hidden

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    Re: Unifying Linux Package Management

    Maybe the algorithms are worth looking at? According to the readme and the case studies they show they've got better algorithms.

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    Re: Unifying Linux Package Management

    http://0install.net/

    now that's something I would like to see Ubuntu using but... I doubt it will ever be accepted.

    ZeroInstall has been around for some time and I have absolutly no clue why isn't it used.

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    Re: Unifying Linux Package Management

    Quote Originally Posted by jdong
    Err, cool concept, but never going to work in real life.

    The truth is that each distro's packages like to install things in different places -- take a look at where Fedora installs Firefox versus Debian. Things are bound to be screwed up sooner or later!
    jdong - sshhhh! Don't tell anybody! Maybe they won't notice that it "can't be done" and they'll go ahead and do it!
    "....I'm a user, not a programmer...."

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    Re: Unifying Linux Package Management

    They have done it Smart PM but you can't mix fedora and debian packages, but you can use it in both fedora and debian. I have used it in ubuntu and it works nicely.

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    Re: Unifying Linux Package Management

    I'd like to see more synchronization between distributions (like installing things in the same place, for example) so that stuff like this would work much better. That's the only way unified package management will ever work.

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    Re: Unifying Linux Package Management

    To mimic a known statement:

    STANDARDS, STANDARDS, STANDARDS!!!

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    Re: Unifying Linux Package Management

    Notice that this project is not a magical bridge between every distribution in the planet. Instead, this is a software offering better package management for these distributions, even when working with their own packages
    Before ask "why open one window for each folder?", please read this, this, this, this, this(search for spatial), this and this.

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    Re: Unifying Linux Package Management

    Quote Originally Posted by jdong
    Err, cool concept, but never going to work in real life.
    As was said here, it already works. And is better than apt! Just see the cases studies from the README.
    Ubuntu really need this.
    Before ask "why open one window for each folder?", please read this, this, this, this, this(search for spatial), this and this.

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