Something I think would be really cool would be a program that download and installs programs. Something like Apt-get. And maby some GUI for that like synaptics. Maby it could be linked to the files on BeBits?
It probably won't be officially accepted, but there will definitely be something like that available. I am working on something like that and it is almost at an alpha state (at least the command line version of it is). Now if I could just manage to find the time to work on it more.
Could you say more abot it? How will look packages? Will it resolve any dependencies? Will it be able to work with multiple respositories?
Wasn't this what Software Valet was meant to be all about?
I'm not a huge fan of this repository idea, too centralised, but I can see why some like it. I'd rather, that a clever packaging/install system be developed, along the lines of how OSX does things. I'm pretty sure I've read DarkWyrm mooting this approach elsewhere, probably on the GE lists.
However, I'm sure some have opinions about that approach as well. Can't please everyone I guess.
DW had been working on a "package"-like system ... but I don't think it was the same target functionality...
I'm not a huge fan of this repository idea, too centralised, but I can see why some like it.
They are centralised, but there are programs (eg. conary), which try to decentralise it as much as possible.
It was just a packaging system with no particular distribution method in mind. I've always liked having a central repository, but I also find value in the P2P method, as well. Things like Debian's apt-get are part package manager, part distribution method. The work I've done on packages probably won't matter much anyway - mphipps has a better method yet. :)
A Software Valvet Replacement would be cool.
The closest analogue to my system would be Gentoo's portage system. It handles multiple repositories that are prioritized (checks the repositories in order and grabs the package from the first repository that includes the package). The packages are XML based files that describe the necessary info for installing the package (wha