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Re: The need for an official GNUstep desktop

From: Adrian Robert
Subject: Re: The need for an official GNUstep desktop
Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2006 17:47:03 -0400

On Aug 27, 2006, at 5:20 PM, Andrew Sveikauskas wrote:

On 2006-08-27 16:57:18 -0400 Adrian Robert <address@hidden> wrote:

Packages would need to be based on source code / GNUstep-make.

What about a package manager framework that handed off actual package management to NSBundles? Have code bundles for RPM, dpkg, BSD pkg tools, etc. Each bundle could have code to query, install, remove, upgrade, check for updates, etc., specific to that platform.

This might be a good longer term project -- an installer / app updater that coexists w/package managers on different platforms. But if the platform's package manager is decent and there's a maintainer who supplies gnustep packages to it, the only functionality that would really be needed is something to help the user choose GNUstep over GNOME or KDE to start up in X. And I think this facility already exists in most distributions as part of the xdm-equivalent component.

The idea I was proposing would be for the installer / updater to operate separately from distribution-based package management. It's not really needed for distributions where GNUstep packages exist (as now for Debian), but on other distributions, it picks up the slack. It's like the Ximian "red carpet" app in the early Gnome days.

Also, if the infrastructure for this were built (a central repository containing "latest released" installer packages of GNUstep apps), it would make the job of distribution maintainers easier. And getting / updating packages onto the repository would be the responsibility of app maintainers (if they wanted their apps to get widely distributed they would do it), so it would not be much work once up.

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