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Pakanto project reached first milestone

22. Juni 2007

The first milestone of the Pakanto project, that started in December 2006, was writing software package descriptions for every KDE module (in order to be reusable by third parties as fast as possible) and has been reached now. 🙂

Beside base KDE packages in English and German Pakanto provides many more fresh package descriptions not only for KDE applications but also for many other kinds of software. Starting from zero in December 2006 Pakanto currently contains 90 new package descriptions in English and German for 55 unique software packages.

But not only content but also the interface of the used MediaWiki software has been improved a lot with many interface tweaks both visible and under the hood (some of them went upstream into MediaWiki development :-), with customizations via many useful extensions and with the development of the own MediaWiki extension Multilang.

These are only some highlights which only partly reflect all the work done so far. I hope you’ll like it and in case something is not perfect for you or just missing (which I hope 😉 just go on edit and improve or translate the package descriptions or start writing new ones in your language of choice – it’s a wiki… But there are many more things to do. There is plenty of room for pioneers. You are a good coder who is tired of writing yet another text editor and who is searching for inspiration for some deeply desired new software? – Pakanto needs you. You’re good at promotion? – Pakanto needs you, too.

You are searching for a new cool project that can make THE difference to the Free Software world? – Join Pakanto the software package mediator now.


Join Pakanto – the software package mediator

17. Dezember 2006

Currently Unix-like operating systems like Linux use an elegant approach called package management in order to install, remove and manage programs on a computer. For instance you can search with it in a large pool of software like in a catalogue and install what you want with a single action.


  • How often did you find a buggy or just cryptic, wired or even non-existing software package description in your favourite Linux/Unix distribution? – Package descriptions like „Less is More“ or „Elinks is an improved version of Links“ might be technically correct, self-evident and funny for nerds but not for an average user.
  • How often did you query your package manager for a term in your native language like the word „Textverarbeitung“ (German for „word processor“) because you couldn’t remember the English technical term and got zero results back? – If you ever used Linux probably more than once.
  • Did you ever miss some directly clickable hyperlinks to further information sources when browsing the software catalogue of your Linux/Unix distribution? – You probably installed several times quite some software just in order to know what this software package is about at all.
  • If you ever asked you these questions and if you just want to start eliminating these limitations but don’t know what to begin with I have a new exiting project for you:

    Pakanto – the Free Content project for creating better software package descriptions.

    „Pakanto“ is a short form of the composed Esperanto word „Pakopernato“ . In Esperanto „Pako“ means package and „peranto“ mediator. So “Pakanto“ aims to become the “package mediator“.

    Pakanto is a wiki. So you can edit it even without an account. So whenever you find an error or something missing there just fix it; the first steps are easy. Even if you think you can’t write that well and/or if you can code we really could need your helping hand as well. Have a look at the TODO list and pick what you like.

    As of now Pakanto already provides much more possibilities current package management systems can currently deal with. Pakanto thatfor aims at being an inspiration source for the programmers of RPM, DEB, Portage et. al on new exiting stuff and thus wants to evolve into an integration hub and standardisation ground for various aspects of packaging and thus software distributions as they are defined in large parts by their package management system.

    Have fun.