[lsb-discuss] There is no good package management for LSB packages

Till Kamppeter till.kamppeter at gmail.com
Fri Feb 8 03:03:04 PST 2008

The LSB provides a way to supply software in distribution-independent 
packages so that one can simply support Linux with a software.

During the implementation of distribution-independent printer/scanner 
driver packages automatically downloadable from the OpenPrinting web 
site we have discovered that some important features are missing:

- Handling of electronic signatures to assure that the packages are 
really the original ones

- Handling of automatic updates, especially to fix security problems, 
doing automated updates every 24 hours

The distributions provide these features by their package managers, like 
YaST, yum, urpmi, apt-get, ... Unfortunately, every distro has its own 
tool here. We will need some mechanism to do this in a 
distribution-independent way, for LSB packages.

Perhaps this is also a reason why the LSB did not get very well adopted yet.

Any ideas?


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