I’m currently trying to convince (and hopefully succeeding) Daniel Burrows to co-mentor a Qt frontend for aptitude.
But for that a student is needed. http://wiki.debian.org/SummerOfCode2010/Aptitude-Qt for first draft of project.
http://wiki.debian.org/gsoc for information about GSoC and debian
and #debian-soc on irc.debian.org if you prefer that communication media.
I don’t really think that a new frontend is needed, I mean we have KPackageKit and now also Shaman2. Imo either one of both should be supported further.
How about fixing KPackageKit instead?
mat60, fazer: last I looked, packagekit was still beyond repair by design for debian based systems.
Then repair PackageKit’s apt backend and fix KPackageKit.
No need to reinvent the wheel over and over again, esp. since that last approach (Adept) died because it had only a single maintainer and he grew tired of it during the beta period of the Qt4 port.
PackageKit is still broken by design and beyond repair. ‘Tear it down and build it up again’ is the best way forward for that project. It is not a project that I have much interest in, as I don’t believe you can get any further from the ‘basic’ package management tasks with tools that are abstracting the platform away (and hiding the advanced things).
Please, better contribute/fix to Shaman or/and KpackageKit.
Well how about a KDE front end to aptitude. Do a better job and mazke it push that piece of crap KPackageKit. Because KPackageKit is worst than anything I ever seen. KCrashKit should be more like it.
Wether or not it will be a Qt only project or a KDE project is kind of a implementation detail from my side. A Qt app will use oxygen when run under KDE and as such fully fit in.
I guess it depends on if the project needs to use kparts or kio.
From my perspective (as a student) it is a quite interesting project. I have 4 days remaining to an application deadline and I will try to prepare my application form. Is there any place where I could ask for more details about this project? Aptitude-devel mailing list looks nearly dead. Are there any more appropriate places? Any links and advices are much appreciated.
BTW. Sorry for my English. It’s not my mother tongue ;)
@sune so you have said multiple times that PackageKit is broken, but no words on Shaman2. I really think that forces should not be split as imo man-power is our main problem.
please have a look in playground/sysadmin/shaman. It is almost there, and with a GSoC for finishing it up (with special regards towards apt) it will be a great addition not only to Debian, but to the whole KDE as well. I can also comentor you for this project. Mail me if you want to have more details.
I want to make my position on this clear. If Sune can find a student to work on it and convince enough other developers that it’s worthwhile, then I’m happy to accept patches and give the student and Sune advice about the apt/aptitude side of things (Sune has offered to be the primary point of contact).
However, I don’t think this project is a particularly good use of resources. aptitude already has one GUI frontend, and I’d much rather spend my time mentoring a student who wants to get that frontend closer to a state where I can happily recommend that people use it.
I will not support this proposal in the SoC process, but I won’t strongly oppose it either.
Hi. consider the Shaman 2 project:
I don’t know if actualy it’s a QT or KDE project, but shaman 1 is only QT