[maemo-community] Command line apps & Extras

From: Jeremiah Foster jeremiah at jeremiahfoster.com
Date: Thu Nov 26 15:37:27 EET 2009
On Nov 26, 2009, at 13:45, Lucas Maneos wrote:

>> - The ones that will use CLI apps, have enough knowledge to install them via
>> apt-get.
> If they are even aware of them in the first place, and then there's the
> matter of keeping them updated, remembering which ones to re-install
> manually after a reflash etc.  It's a horrible user experience :-(

While I agree this is a painful user experience, there is room to make this less painful. An app with GUI could be made to pull down apps that were once on the device. From debian reference;

To make a local copy of the package selection states:

     # dpkg --get-selections "*" > myselections

You can transfer this file to another computer, and install it there with:

     # dselect update
     # dpkg --set-selections < myselections
     # dselect install

In fact, a simple GUI around apt-get, like Synaptic, would be a much better experience than HAM because it would eliminate the silly question and checkbox Nokia adds, and you could download more than one package at a time.

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