openDesktop.org provides super-portal to free software sites
Posted by: Anonymous
on December 06, 2008 11:55 PM
Not useful for normal computer users though. Not until a simple point-and-click standardized packaging solution is found will sites like that really take off. If it's hard to install software, if you have to *compile* stuff, Linux will keep just slowly chugging along but we want it to *zoom* along.
Of course, that won't happen until all the package manager developers get together and decide on some format, at least one, either new or an existing format, for packaging, that can be integrated into all the major existing package managers so that Linux users will finally have at least one cross-package-manager format. It's very possible, but perhaps the big distro companies aren't interested because that would mean their users would no longer be really dependent on their own repositories.