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All packages are available on all distros, BUT not all are the same essentially. VLC (just putting a name out there, may be a number of packages) may have a few patches in Arch Linux to make it play nice or better with their kernel while Ubuntu has a different set of patches to meet their needs.For now the vision is to create a unified interface for finding Linux applications. This doesn't mean that applications will use the same packaging format but simply that consolidated lists of applications will be available.
Dont be silly guys. A big limitation of linux has always been the fragmentation and fiddlyness of installing things that work for that specifiec distro and version.The more I think about this the more I see myself reaching for that baseball bat...
Isn't this what those software libraries have been offering for years?
Dont be silly guys. A big limitation of linux has always been the fragmentation and fiddlyness of installing things that work for that specifiec distro and version.
Bringing distros inline will mean developers can focus on the product rather than patches to make it work for this distro and that one.
Quality of apps will surely improve because developers will immediately cater for all distros with one release and wont have to tear their hair out because of a tiny little glitch with a specific distro. The user base for one app will immediately increase as every distro is now able to install and use it, this will provide linux with the power it needs the power to make it worth while for developers to develop for linux. And Open source isn't the alpha and omega, not alot of game developers will develop for linux plainly because its too fragmented and targeting for example only one distro is not worth the effort. If the user base is now the entire linux community regardless of distro things might change as it might just become worth their while. Linux needs to become more commercial they dont need more geeks they have enough of those already.
Thats what irritates me about the linux community they want to be a "special" minority. Android is the lesson that linux needs, android is eating up Windows mobile, symbian and iOS... why? Because open-source can be cool, open-source can by uniform, open-source can be easy and best of all open-source can even generate some income for developers because lets face it even open-source prophets need money to live.The whole philosophy and ideals of Open Source runs much, much deeper than the need for a user base. something we must always remember!