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Schedule: Hildon App. Manager: package management for Internet Tablets

Marius Vollmer
Day Sunday
Room Ferrer
Start time 11:00
End time 11:15
Duration 00:15
Event type Lightning-Talk
Track Lightning Talks
Language English
Slides (PDF)
Video (Ogg/Theora)
Hildon App. Manager: package management for Internet Tablets

Debian-style package management for maemo consumers

- For applications, for the operating system. - For hackers, for grandmas (and hacking grandmas). - Challenge: easy and robust configuration management on the device. - Challenge: traditional monolithic development and release process for mobile devices: OS as binary blob, no dependencies between applications.

Our approaches to the challenges will be explained briefly.

The Hildon Application Manager is pre-installed on all Internet Tablets and handles the installation and removal of additional software. In the future, it will also keep the operating system itself up-to-date.

The Application Manager is a frontend to apt and dpkg, like Synaptic or gnome-app-install, only different.