Untz: Results of the App Installer meeting, and some thoughts on cross-distro collaboration
Posted Jan 27, 2011 2:17 UTC (Thu) by vonbrand
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Bundles are either massive duplication (and innumerable opportunities for security (and other) bugs that get never fixed) or require something like the current dependency handling system, but on weapons-grade steroids (you'd have to track not only one set of dependencies, but potentially dependencies for each single package in the system separately). I just don't see anything but downsides.
Yes, the package database is a single point of failure for a Linux distribution. Yes, in the 15 or so years of Red Hat (and derivatives) use I did have my half dozen problems with broken RPM databases, but AFAIR just once there was no reasonable way to fix it without a full reinstall (and that was due to a disk problem, that thrashed the system regardless). Sure, fixing the database wasn't trivial; but the technology used has gotten way better over time, the last thrashed RPM database was quite some time back.
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