PackageKit finds sweet spot in quest for universal package tools
Posted by: Anonymous
on June 27, 2008 11:25 AM
This is nonsense. As someone else said, this is a re-invention of what Ubuntu already has. Maybe the architecture is better, maybe not. We shall see. The bottom line is that software like this is hard to write, because it's 70% usability and 25% corner cases and only 5% functionality. Ubuntu gets high marks for actually producing things that integrate with their distribution. I have no doubt this will work for Fedora and probably other non-Deb distributions, but until I see it working as smoothly as Ubuntu's native tools I don't see any value.
For those objection to abstraction layers... fixing the underlying problem is sometimes too hard because everything has to change at once. If you build a layer on top you can slowly transition to it, then swap the back-end arbitrarily without much trouble. I don't think that will work for package management, but it's a sound approach.