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Let there be only one !

One Package Manager for them All The idea of one universal package format for all distributions has been batted around a few times over the years. Developers from RedHat, Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu, openSUSE, Mandriva and Mageia got together last week at the SUSE office in Nürnberg to discuss how they might implement a universal application installer they are referring to as an Application Store. This is in response to the belief that end users aren’t interested in libraries, dependencies, compatibility, and other technical details. They think users only care about screenshots, basic descriptions, ratings, user reviews, and such. The idea is to define and write a tool to find and install applications. I think this is the best news I have seen this year ! (maybe because the year has just started 🙂 ) No more apt, yast, yam and all other software managers and their repositories !!! This is the architecture of the new repository looks like: Architecture I will be following this with a big interest.

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Ubuntu Desktop 9.10 (Karmik-Koala) – install 32 bits libraries on a 64 bits operating system

You have most probably 4 GB RAM and you want to use them all 🙂 The only choice for you is to install Ubuntu 64 bits. But, a lot of software goodies out there are still compiled on 32 bits. Of course, they won’t start on your brand new 64 bits operating system that can do everything (well, a little bit exaggerated) 🙂 Here is how to install the 32 bits libs on your Ubuntu 64 bits: #sudo apt-get -V install ia32-libs Reading package lists… Done Building dependency tree Reading state information… Done The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required: linux-headers-2.6.31-14 (2.6.31-14.48) linux-headers-2.6.31-14-generic (2.6.31-14.48) Use ‘apt-get autoremove’ to remove them. The following extra packages will be installed: lib32asound2 (1.0.20-3ubuntu6.1) lib32bz2-1.0 (1.0.5-3) lib32gcc1 (4.4.1-4ubuntu9) lib32ncurses5 (5.7+20090803-2ubuntu2) lib32stdc++6 (4.4.1-4ubuntu9) lib32v4l-0 (0.6.0-1) lib32z1 ( libc6-i386 (2.10.1-0ubuntu16) Suggested packages: lib32asound2-plugins () The following NEW packages will be installed: ia32-libs (2.7ubuntu17) lib32asound2 (1.0.20-3ubuntu6.1) lib32bz2-1.0 (1.0.5-3) lib32gcc1 (4.4.1-4ubuntu9) lib32ncurses5 (5.7+20090803-2ubuntu2) lib32stdc++6 (4.4.1-4ubuntu9) lib32v4l-0 (0.6.0-1) lib32z1 ( libc6-i386 (2.10.1-0ubuntu16) 0 upgraded, 9 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded. Need to get 34.0MB of archives. After this operation, 144MB of additional disk space will be used. Do you want to continue…

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