Kapti, an experimentation on package installation/removal UI

Tres Finocchiaro fatbuttlarry at gmail.com
Wed Jun 2 01:53:59 BST 2010

Aurelien, I visited your page and wanted to offer some questions/feedback:

   - If you have a back and forward button, why not simply use a web
   - What does this application do that
already do?
   - I frequently use the 10.04 Ubuntu package manager and find it very
   useful 90% of the time (the interface is notoriously clunky, but it's icons,
   thumbnails, descriptions, visual feedback are pretty solid).  Is there an
   initiative to leverage similar behavior?
   - When will a package manager start "graying-out" debug tools and library
   dependencies so people like my mother aren't bombarded with "amarok-dbg",
   "kamefu-data" when she just wants "amarok"?

I like the idea and I'd like to see more, but at the end of the day I only
need one package manager, and in kde, it's konsole.


2010/6/1 Aurélien Gâteau <aurelien.gateau at canonical.com>

> Hi,
> Since I have lots of free time :), I played this weekend with an idea of
> mine: a simple tool to install/remove packages.
> The tool is named Kapti, this wiki page will let you learn more about it
> and even install it:
> http://gitorious.org/kapti/pages/Home
> What makes it a bit different than other tools is that it's a web-like
> UI: you click links to install/remove packages or view the detailed
> information of a package.
> This is quite handy because for example the detailed information
> presents the suggests/recommends list as links, so you can easily learn
> more about a suggested package, click its "Install" link, then click the
> "Back" button to return to the previous package you were reading about.
> I do not intend to develop this as a competitor to KPackageKit and I
> already talked with Daniel Nicoletti, the KPackageKit maintainer (who is
> CC to this mail), about this. I see Kapti as an experiment on the UI,
> something which maybe could be integrated in KPackageKit later (but
> there is nothing precise right now).
> I am interested in your feedback, especially regarding the fact that it
> behaves a bit like a web browser.
> Aurélien
> DISCLAIMER: I created Kapti in my (ever shrinking) free time, Canonical
> is not involved in it.
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- Tres.Finocchiaro at gmail.com
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