Features at a glance
Key features include the ability to install dependency files automatically, install new features, apply security updates at boot, allow unprivileged users to install applications, open unknown file formats, remove dependencies for files, as well as to integrated with existing package managers, including APT, YUM, Conary, and others.
The good thing about PackageKit is that it is independent from a specific Linux kernel-based operating system or a hardware architectures. This means, of course, that it can be easily deployed on any GNU/Linux distribution, but only if the original package manager is supported. It also means that it can successfully be installed on both 64-bit and 32-bit hardware platforms.
Uses PolicyKit for user authentication
Another interesting feature is that PackageKit uses PolicyKit for user authentication, by default, which means that system administrators (root) will be able to easily control who can install what type of software or who is not allows to install software packages on a GNU/Linux operating system where PackageKit is installed.
Supported GNU/Linux distribution and applications
At the moment, PackageKit has been successfully tested with a wide range of GNU/Linux distributions, including Kubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, Foresight Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, Sabayon and Moblin.
Various projects integrate well with PackageKit, including the Nautilus file manager, GNOME PackageKit package manager, Apper package manager, Listaller package manager, Openmoko Installer package manager, Brasero CD/DVD burning software, Zero Install distributed installation system, system-config-printer CUPS server configurator for Fedora, Anjuta IDE and GNOME Software.
Reviewed by Marius Nestor, last updated on September 12th, 2014
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- After over 7 years, 99 tarball releases and 11697 commits from 284 people we've finally released the first stable version. Woohoo!
- I wanted to sent out a heart-felt thank you to all the people who have contributed to the success of this project. I couldn't have done it on my own and quite a few people were more important than they realize.
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Application descriptionPackageKit is an open source command-line software that has been designed from the ground up to act as a universal pac...