Kapti, an experimentation on package installation/removal UI
aurelien.gateau at canonical.com
Wed Jun 2 08:27:08 BST 2010
On 02/06/2010 02:53, Tres Finocchiaro wrote:
> 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?
Kapti behaves like a web browser, but it is not a web browser: it does
not present web pages. Right now what you see is an html version of the
output of apt-cache search and apt-cache show. This means the
differences with apt-url are:
- Works mostly offline (except for fetching deb files of course)
- Works with the package sources configured on your system. This
- Additionally, from what I understand of apt-url, kapti can show more
information about a package, like the dependencies and the
> - 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?
I have been talking with KPackageKit maintainer, there's nothing
concrete right now, but I would like to see this experiment or the
output we gather from it go into KPackageKit at some point.
> - 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.
Heh, I personally use kapti from the konsole: whenever I miss a library
while building I can do "kapti libfoo" and click on the libfoo-1.2-4-dev
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