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Re: will future cd's be apt

On Mon, 2004-04-05 at 05:02, Pedro Fernandes Macedo wrote:
> n_powell wrote:
> >On Mon, 5 Apr 2004 02:35:04 +0100
> >thus spake Martin Alderson <mail martinalderson co uk>:
> >
> >  
> >
> >>>Is the Fedora Core 2 cd's going to be apt enabled
> >>>will redhat enable apt to be used with their up2date servers
> >>>      
> >>>
> >>For what it's worth, I agree completly.
> >>Thats my 2 cents anyway..
> >>    
> >>
> >
> >I would like to third that.  Apt is a full head and shoulders above yum.
> >IMNSHO.  I am not sure why it is not part of FC now. - Just incase the
> >devel team reads any of this :)

The current set of excuses for not having apt in FC are:
- apt doesn't support multilib systems (eg amd64)
- it uses a repository incompatible with yum
- it's redundant (there are already two different depsolvers in FC)

The first two are fixable (but non-trivial), but not in time for FC2. So
unfortunately the answer is no, apt wont be able to use FC2 repositories
or CD's directly. Fedora.us (and probably the rest of the 3rd party
repositories as well) will be providing apt-enabled mirrors of FC2
anyway so it's not *that* big a deal.

> Well , some of the devel guys used to read and answer questions on the 
> list until some time ago.. looks like they are too busy working on FC2 
> right now..
> I believe that the current decision is to make yum/up2date/apt 
> compatible with each other. According to some old messages on the devel 
> list (posted just after FC1 was released) , this is the current project 
> that the main developers for yum and apt are working on. The common file 
> structure has been discussed already and there's some tests being done 
> behind the scenes, so it may be just a matter of time before they become 
> compatible with each other..

Yup, work is being done towards having compatible repository metadata
for all of apt, yum, up2date, red-carpet. Up2date and yum are getting
close to having it actually work, I've started the work on apt but it's
far, far from working yet. RC's status I don't know.

	- Panu -

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