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Smart Package Manager: a better mousetrap

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The Smart Package Manager hopes to beat the native package management applications for distributions like Red Hat, SUSE, and Debian at their own game. Still in beta, it has support for most major GNU/Linux package and repository formats, with a modular codebase that hints at further compatibility. Smart introduces many innovative and useful ideas, but its killer feature, with which it purports to excel beyond its counterparts, is the algorithms it uses to select packages and versions that best resolve dependencies and ensure cooperation between the hundreds of applications and libraries on a user's system.

In most GNU/Linux package management schemes, user-selected packages are fetched from a list of sources, be they CDs or remote repositories, and installed along with other packages on which they depend. Each has slightly different package formats, protocols, and administration interfaces.

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