On Sat, 2008-06-21 at 06:59 -0700, Dan Kegel wrote:
On Sat, Jun 21, 2008 at 1:32 AM, Denis Washington
> Some time ago, it was discussed on an LSB face-to-face meeting that an
> API should be developed that allows ISVs to install sotware packages
> which integrate into the package manager - the "Berlin Packaging API".
> While the idea seemed to be well received, there didn't seem much
> progress since then
I dislike that route intensely. Why, I'm not sure. Perhaps
because it encourages ISVs to manage package updates themselves,
perhaps because it smacks of the complexity of Microsoft's MSI.
I'm more interested in the single-click install idea Suse's
working on, since it's much less of an end run around
normal Linux packaging practices. And I have a summer intern
to throw at the problem, so perhaps I'll make some headway on
The problem I currently see with single-click install is that it still
relies on a single package format (.rpm), so there would have to be
several packages of the same application again. Another particular
problem I see is security: RPM runs as root, so post-install routines
will do so too. That's why I tried to do an architecture that works
without root privileges (in many cases at least). But maybe there are
are already plans how to address this? I must admit I'm not all that
well-informed about SuSE's one-click install.
Can we move followups to packaging(a)lists.linux-foundation.org rather
than cc'ing all those lists?
OK. I wanted to get as many parties as possible on board, but now let's
say: whoever likes to follow this discussion is encouraged to to join
packaging(a)lists.linux-foundation.org . Follow-ups should only be sent