Biju Chacko botsie at
Tue Aug 16 07:35:47 CEST 2005

Benedikt Meurer wrote:
> Of course, this new installer would offer (optional) integration with
> the system's package management (Solaris/BSD pkgs, .deb, .rpm). This is
> on TODO for InstallIt for a very long time now, but it's not really
> trivial, esp. since the installer is included in every .bin file.

Personally, I don't think it makes sense to duplicate the functionality 
of the system package manager. IMO, what are needed are build scripts to 
generate packages for individual OSes and distros.

These would be primarily targetted at packagers - to make it easy as 
possible for them to make packages for their OS. They could also be used 
  by power users to build their own packages.

However, a GUI-based tool like InstallIt implies that building packages 
is easy enough that it can be done by end users. However, the reality is 
that dependency tracking for something as complicated as Xfce is 
sufficiently nasty that we probably ought to leave to people who 
specialise in it -- ie packagers.

-- b

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