Telnet Server installation failed

Derek Broughton news at
Mon Feb 11 20:50:44 UTC 2008

Mario Vukelic wrote:

> On Mon, 2008-02-11 at 14:29 -0400, Derek Broughton wrote:
>> but why is it that we have to tell people time after time that they'll
>> need to enable universe (or multiverse, or backports...).  There
>> really should be a way for the default package managers to make it
>> _obvious_ to new users that there are other repositories not enabled
>> by default.
> Right on! It could work similar to the nifty new feature that recommends
> an application when you try to open a file for which no app exists. That
> is, it could show you the packages but indicate that they can't be
> installed due to repo settings and explain why.
> Or maybe do something more radical altogether and do away with the
> notion of repos in the GUI, at least in the non-expert apps. End users
> don't think that way, the whole concept might expose an irrelevant
> implementation detail.
> This would make for a fabulous spec on Wanna work on it
> together?

OK, I opened my mouth (fingers?)  I guess I have to put up or shut up :-)

Yes, I think this is the right sort of idea.  I'll have to think a bit about
how implementation should work, but it seems that Synaptic or Adept should
be able to show _all_ the repositories, without automatically installing
from them.  I'm less concerned about the command line apt tools, as we can
reasonably expect some level of knowledge from their users, but it would be
even better if a solution worked for all.

There is a spec on the wiki for DesktopTeam/Specs/PackagingToolsUsability to
which this would strictly apply.

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