Linux and application installing

seth vidal skvidal at
Tue Sep 7 13:11:05 UTC 2010

On Tue, 2010-09-07 at 17:27 +0530, Rahul Sundaram wrote:
> On 09/07/2010 05:16 PM, Richard Hughes wrote:
> > Linux has traditionally shown the user packages to update and install,
> > which is great for administrators, but sucks hard for end users. How
> > many times have you been prompted with an update list that asks you to
> > decide whether to update something you have no idea about[1]?
> >
> > Mo illustrated[2] a few days ago about how confusing the updater is
> > and I agree with her; and it's mostly my fault. Lists of unlocalized
> > generic packages are so 1990's, and compared with the Ubuntu Software
> > Center or the Android App-store we look like amateurs.
> Thoughts on making the software center less distro specific?  Couldn't
> the UI be grafted on top of the PK api?

okay - I'll bite - why do we want to make it less distro-specific? What
does it get us? It means we have to deal with a bunch of
Lowest-common-denominator issues and it means a looser coupling of the
tools we have.

It is legit to write tools for fedora that are FOR fedora. Why not do


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