[KDE/Mac] Re: Developing KDE on Mac

Bernhard Reiter bernhard at intevation.de
Thu Sep 30 20:41:09 CEST 2010

On Wednesday 18 August 2010 21:55:32 Sjors Gielen wrote:
> Op 18 aug 2010, om 21:27 heeft Mike McQuaid het volgende geschreven:
> > Fine, that's your call. The user will notice when Fink updates their
> > package and it breaks your installer. The Fink KDE maintainer thinks this
> > is a bad idea, you might consider listening to him but I'm not going to
> > stop you.
> >
> > Again, you're telling the Fink maintainer that his problems are trivial.
> > I somewhat doubt that.
> Yep, Fink updating a package which breaks the installer is a risk. 

From my point of view, if would be good, if we get good, Free Software
GUI frontends for the fink and macports package management systems.
The GUI should support what the backends offer. This has two consequences:

a) if we would need to have links from official places into the fink
installation, this would need to be supported from the backend, not the gui.
Maybe something like the alternative system from Debian, if we like to
have several versions of fink to be installed

b) there is no conflict if users mix usage of the gui frontend and the command 
line frontend to the package manager. The Hildon application manager of
Maemo5 (N900) shows that this is possible. Hildon is a frontend to libapt
and thus dpkg. There are some little extras to define the packages visible
to the user, but overall you can mix command line and gui and have nice 


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