Monday, February 25, 2008

GetDebi development started

One of the common complains the annoying and non-intuitive support for multiple-packages software. This is unfortunately the best we can do with the gdebi application, Ubuntu's default graphical installer for .deb files.
There are some APT based options to overcome this, however there are some limitations on APT to be used with our particular case, unlike regular APT repositories we have very frequent updates, this would most likely drive us into synchronization and availability problems.
A short term solution was to implement a custom installer capable of downloading the required .deb files from a specification file that will be published on the site.
The installer name is GetDebi, a project was setup for it at launchpad and some initial code was already committed.
We should implement it as simpler as possible, using standard formats and tools. The publishing specification is the only custom format that we will need to develop.
The development language is Python with GTK for the GUI, let's hope to get skilled people interested to get all the required features to be ready for Hardy+1 .

1 comment:

Vadim Peretokin said...

Sweet. Maybe this could even take over gdebi someday - nobody maintains that app anymore from the looks of it.

(at least, I haven't received feedback on a bug for months now)