Guys, take a look at this: http://www.packagekit.org (pretty nifty, huh?).
PackageKit is a software management tool that picks up where SMART left off (uniting software management across different platforms). It uses a lot of neat tools to make managing software easier.
I know a lot of you are going to say: Synaptic gets the job done and is better. Why use PackageKit?
- It is a step towards uniting software installation methods across platforms, a long time goal of linux (or at least many users of it)
- Ubuntu is leaning towards its inclusion
- It has tons of cool features- including a tool called PolicyKit that allows administrators to customize/enable software privileges to NORMAL USERS, great commandline options, a friendly GUI written in GTK2, very active development, etc...
- It is backed by a daemon that is only run when the program is opens, reducing bloat and random hogging of resources
- the cool factor- people will say: hey mint is using that new, cutting edge PackageKit thing I've been wanting to try out!
I do think this is not appropriate for inclusion in Darnya due to version 1.0 being still in development, instead I would love to see its inclusion in the 4.1 or 4.2 version of the main edition.