[openbeos] Re: on SoftwareValet for OBOS

  • From: Steve Vallée <svallee@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <openbeos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2002 16:02:10 -0800

I'm fully on your side. The most important part in the name "OpenBeOS" must
be ... "BeOS".  And I'm not a big fan of Linux too (I hate monolithics

I think like you: with the "Package" system there's no need of opening a
soft to install / uninstall. It must be the simpliest possible.

But I still think that on top of that a clean "Repository" mechanic MAY be
good. Like the one in QNX. It's light, slim, ultra-easy-to-use.

- Steve

----- Original Message -----
From: "Matt Verran" <matt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <openbeos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, January 19, 2002 3:46 PM
Subject: [openbeos] Re: on SoftwareValet for OBOS

> Guys and gals,
> The point of all this is :-
> Q: why should a user have to open an extra program to install an app?
> A: they shouldn't, I don't care how good package manager X is, if I
> have to open it first then its a serious usability flaw/bug. The
> installer/uninstaller itself should take care of dependencies through
> whatever package manager and that is the only improvement I see needed
> on BeOS's current package system. Don't make BeOS a dumbass OS like the
> others. Keep things slinky and groovy
> But if we *really* do have to have a geeky package manager, let it be
> the QNX one.... and thats as a last resort. I will leave BeOS if RPM
> and the Linux 'Borg' mentality comes anywhere near it!
> Sorry to rant, but you are overcomplicating issues....
> Regards,
> Matt
> >> Windows works great for people who do the least w/ it. But I'm not
> here to
> >> flame windows so let's forget it.
> >
> >ok  :-)
> >
> >> So you mean pictures? Well, a well thought out package system can
> have any
> >> types of pretty interface on top. I only care about the underlying
> system.
> >> I guess we are talking past one another. I have said. Debian has
> some nice
> >> animations on top as well.
> >
> >No I mean the whole mechanic. When you start the package manager, you
> get to
> >choose which repository to connect to. Typically either a CD (that
> come with
> >QNX) or the WWW (for the official up-to-date QNX repository), or
> simply the
> >one made by a third party.
> >Then you got a huge tree of every existing package you don't have.
> Just to
> >check-box every one you got, and press Go !  Everything is
> automatically
> >downloaded/copied and installed.  So once in a whiel you can just take
> a
> >look at the repository, and you see want's new.
> >
> >I don't know if it's correctly explained, but the result is VERY good.
> But
> >I don't know how work the package manager of Debian, tho. Is it the
> same
> >kind of mechanic ?
> >
> >- Steve
> >
> >
> >

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