The LSB standard is RPM
Posted Mar 31, 2005 10:11 UTC (Thu) by khim
In reply to: The LSB standard is RPM
Parent article: Autopackage 1.0
There's more. This is from discussion on OSNews (answer on this):
Now Mr Hess is coming from the perspective of "how do I make alien support this", and he has discovered that you cannot. Good. That is also by design.
The right way to integrate autopackage with dpkg and rpm is for it to manipulate the systems databases directly, not to try and convert package formats ahead of time.
Translation from English to English: you see - installation of any program in Windows can bring break anything in your system down and make any other totally unrelated program shaky. This game of "russian roulette" is so good that we really should introduce it in Linux - otherwise Windows users will not feel at home. Autopackage makes such russian roulette real in Linux: congratulations.
P.S. Do RPM and DEB formats have protection against "russian roulette" style of work ? To some degree: a lot of work is done by package system and not by pre- and post- install scripts. Yet, there are still possibility of things going astray (but without cooperation there between different distributions it's quite hard to do more) so rigorous testing of distribution maintainers does the rest. Autopackage makes problem worse and simultaneously encourages installation of stuff from around the globe without help of distribution maintainers. To me it looks like clear recipe for disaster.
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