|This article relies on references to primary sources. (September 2011)|
gnome-packagekit, a front-end for PackageKit, running on Fedora
|Stable release||0.8.12 (October 18, 2013[±])|
|Written in||C, C++, Python|
|Type||Package management system|
|License||GNU General Public License|
PackageKit is an free and open-source suite of software applications designed to provide a consistent and high-level front end for a number of different package management systems. PackageKit was created by Richard Hughes.
The suite is ostensibly cross-platform, though it is primarily targeted at Linux distributions which follow the interoperability standards set out by the freedesktop.org group. It uses the software libraries provided by the D-Bus and PolicyKit projects to handle inter-process communication and privilege negotiation respectively.
PackageKit was created by Richard Hughes and first proposed in a series of blog posts in 2007, and is now developed by a small team of developers. Fedora 9 was the first operating system to use it as default front end for yum. It underwent many updates in Fedora 10 and Fedora 11.
PackageKit itself is a system-activated daemon called
packagekitd, that abstracts out differences between the different systems. A library called libpackagekit also allows other programs to interact with PackageKit.
- Installing local files, ServicePack media and from remote sources.
- Authorization using PolicyKit.
- Does not replace existing packaging tools.
- Multi-user system aware – it will not allow shutdown in critical parts of the transaction.
- A system activated daemon so exits when not in use.
There are three front-ends for PackageKit:
- gnome-packagekit (aka gtk-application) for use in the GNOME desktop.
- Apper for use in the KDE desktop.
- pkcon for use on the command line.
- Advanced Packaging Tool (APT)
- Arch Linux Package Management (ALPM)
- Sabayon Linux's Entropy
- Smart Package Manager
- "Installing and Updating Software Blows Goats". Richard Hughes. Retrieved 18 January 2011.
- "Robert Hughes' blog posts about PackageKit". Richard Hughes. Retrieved 18 January 2011.
- "PackageKit Reference Manual". packagekit.org. Retrieved 10 July 2009.
- "KpackageKit: future of package managers on your desktop". polishlinux.org. Retrieved 10 July 2009.
- "Frequently asked questions". packagekit.org. Retrieved 10 July 2009.
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