Quoting Filipus Klutiero (email@example.com): > The idea of having each desktop provide its package manager was > good, but kpackage was very far from matching Synaptic. It was even > removed from KDE later, with the result that installing > task-kde-desktop no longer causes the installation of a graphical > package manager, as reported in > http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=586982 > There is still nothing that matches Synaptic today. > > Furthermore, we now have LXDE and Xfce, which are also not > preinstalling any graphical package manager. So I think Synaptic > should be preinstalled on all DE-s... except that in Squeeze, GNOME > itself does not preinstall Synaptic. Instead, it preinstalls GNOME > PackageKit. I agree with the idea of graphical environments to need a graphical package manager (though, for LXDE and Xfce, one might argue that users of these environments are probably looking for a "not-too-bloated" environment and therefore could maybe deal with a text-based package manager). Before adding this, I'd like to get comments from other tasksel maintainers (that would be Otavio and/or Joey). The concern might be dependencies being pulled in by synaptic. I'm not in position to test that but wouldn't it pull "half of GNOME" into other graphical environments? :-). At least probably some GTK libraries that wouldn't be pulled otherwise?
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