[OpenIndiana-discuss] Fun Task - Comparing OI packages vs CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu etc

Ian Johnson itjohnson at gmail.com
Fri Oct 29 17:08:29 UTC 2010

Some sort of automation would definitely be nice, although because package
names and organization differ between systems, I suspect a lot of manual
sorting and evaluating will be necessary in the end. Of course, any way to
streamline the process of sifting through thousands of packages several
times over would be welcome...
On Oct 29, 2010 11:55 AM, "Nathan Evans" <ndickinson.evans at gmail.com> wrote:
> I wonder if it would be worth the trouble to scrape names of the packages
> from each of the distributions repositories.
> Output each to a text file and compare them. That might make an
> study. see which packages are included in all the distributions and and
> which are only included in each of their respective parents.
> It would definitely make choosing a distribution much easier. We could
> hold a poll to see which packages should be added via the website.
> "which would you like more."
> sort of deal.
> On 29 October 2010 04:49, Cia Watson <ciamarie at my180.net> wrote:
>> On Fri, 29 Oct 2010 09:43:10 -0400
>> Ian Johnson <itjohnson at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > I have been looking at this casually for my own purposes and would be
>> > interested in working on it - I'm not much of a programmer, so this
>> > is at least something I can do. I'm using OI on the desktop and the
>> > absence of some common tools is particularly noticeable in that
>> > capacity.
>> >
>> > This is a bit of a digression, but one of the major tools I can think
>> > of right off is WebKit. <deleted>
>> If you visit the spreadsheet
>> you'll see there's a tab for 'wish list' which started with 2 items and
>> I added another (KeePassX) since osol / OI has no decent password
>> manager and that one is cross-platform. (i.e. the database created
>> works in my linux installs though it was created in the Win version of
>> keepass in Wine on osol). I'm also going to add flash-plugin to the
>> list since I installed that in osol from the sun extra repo.
>> Also while I'm typing about the spreadsheet, would it be acceptable to
>> fill in some of the missing data for Fedora 13 or other when I boot to
>> that, or is that strictly for data from distrowatch ? I wouldn't add
>> rows or anything since I already made that mistake once. :-/ I had
>> already filled in some of the missing Debian testing info.
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