Linux and application installing

Richard Hughes hughsient at
Thu Sep 16 15:57:32 UTC 2010

On 16 September 2010 15:01, James Antill <james at> wrote:
>  Err ... PackageKit is currently the cross distro. way to work with
> distro. package managers, nothing outside of that layer should ever know
> (or care) where the data is coming from and how it gets updated etc.

PackageKit is a _package_ abstraction framework. Yum is a _package_ manager.

Applications like gnome-shell and kpackagekit want to search for new
applications using translated per-application strings and show icons
for desktop files. gnome-shell shouldn't care what a 'package' is.
That's an uninteresting technical detail.

There has to be a layer above the package manager that deals with applications.

There has to be a cross-distro way to deal with the package:application mapping.

It just so happens that app-install does just that.


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