>it fills a necessary gap until the day that Linux distributions can settle on a standard base system and packaging format.
There is a standard packaging format: LSB has standardized RPM3. Installing RPM packages on Debian works great, by using alien. IMHO, an installation GUI should work as a front end to RPM or Alien. We are using this approach with the ThinLinc installation program, and it works great.
Besides, using RPM is a requirement if you want to be RHEL compatible, if I remember correctly.
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