Thanks to the folks over at ostastic.com for pointing me to the posts from the developers working on Unity on Fedora and OpenSuse. Both site problems with the upstream developers and seem to be suffering from burn-out. If you know anyone interested in picking the projects up they both seem willing to turn it over. The current decision though puts Ubuntu out on their own in adopting Unity. If you want to test it out you seem to have to use Ubuntu for now.
According to this article we found, meetings are starting to happen and people are trying to move towards a common Application Installer. So their could be the end of the "My package manager is better than yours is" debates? Well it's a bit early to tell but it does sound like the big distros are talking about settling on a common package format. If they do go forward with this we can only hope that it's adoption moves faster than LSB(Linux Standards Base). It would definitely go a long way to help adoption of Linux as a platform. For instance, only seeing one line on download pages like Windows and Mac have would help newbies or people thinking about trying linux be less afraid. When you can create app stores that only have to carry one type of package they become a lot easier to create. We here at linuxinstall.net hope that every linux install will get easier over time.
What do you think? What problems will one package format have? What hidden benefits are there? What hidden problems?
LinuxJournal.com has a nice recap of all of the moving and shaking over at the OpenSuSe Project even with all the changes happening at Novell. The team has been busy but as a comment from OpenSuse Board Member, Bryen M Yunashko, stated these things have been in the works for a while. None the less the timing couldn't be better. The release of the overhauled OpenFate feature tracking system seems to be the biggest win for the team. The release of 11.4 and a new option to run a rolling update looks like the biggest win for users of the cutting edge distro. Check out the article for more details.