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Re: [olpc-software] No package manager?

On Tue, Mar 14, 2006 at 03:11:57AM +0700, James Clark wrote:
> I'm intrigued by the comments in
> http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/OLPC/Goals
> to the effect that there won't be any need for a package manager.
> I can see that by constraining the platform you may not need a package
> manager to manage the platform itself, but won't you still need a
> package manager to allow users to install, uninstall and update the
> applications that are built on top of the platform?  
> I guess you could avoid a package manager using the one directory per
> application approach.  Is that what you have in mind?

The language in the wiki page is probably a little misleading. We will 
not need a 'traditional' package manager such as RPM or APT. We will,
however, definitely need some form of application deployment tool to 
allow install/uninstall/update of add-on apps. Such a tool will likely
end up being closer to something like Klik or 0-Install - although we've
not made a firm decision on using either of those tools, since we need
to really consider the end-user workflows / deployment scenarios to 
determine just what kind of capabilities the application deployment
tool would require.


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