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Re: Package System specification

David Cantrell <david@slackware.com> writes:

> Hello,
>    I was reading through the 0.1 written spec on www.linuxbase.org and
> came to the section talking about software installation.  It stated
> that the current plan was to go with RPM as a package format.  Those
> who didn't like that were to propose an alternative.
>    Well, I'd like to propose an alternative.  :)
>    First off, I agree with standards specification.  It's something that
> should be done so that commercial vendors and end users won't go nuts
> moving between distributions.  But, I don't think it's necessary to specify
> everything.
>    As for the package format specification, I'd like to propose that it
> be dropped.  Instead, a common installed-software database and package
> naming scheme be proposed instead.  This way, each distribution can keep
> the packaging system they like and we offer some level of compatibility
> between the distributions.
>    I'd like to get a discussion about this going, so please followup.  :)
> Also, I apologize if this has been discussed in great detail before. I'm
> still reading the list archives and haven't quite caught up yet.

IIRC, the RedHat and Debian people are working on such a proposal (a
new common package format) privately. Unforunately, I'm not sure who
the mebers of this "packaging cabal" are, and I for one would like to
see them open this up a bit.

Jakob 'sparky' Kaivo - jkaivo@ndn.net - http://jakob.kaivo.net/

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