Simply put; started from a personal itch among our team, downloading a package again and again, even though the person sitting next to me has it on their computer, willing to share, but it would require manual work for extraction and transfer of the package. There you go and bare with downloading from the "origin" repository in another network, probably in another continent.
Let it be `pip install mps-youtube`, `npm install express`, `docker pull python:3.6`, or `apt-get install openarena`, or any other package manager comes to mind.
Did we mention that many of these package manager implementation, again and again, tries to reinvent the whell, implement same/similar procedures, do the same mistakes, fix the same problems, challenge the same security issues, each on it's own. Also at the same time, many of them thrive in different aspects.
What if package management tool developers have only dealt with their platform specific requirements, and leave the package distribution to another library. They could all use PGP signature based authencity checks from day 1. They could use efficient and scalable distribution model from day 1, and save insane amounts of unnecessarily wasted power and network bandwidth.
Many things are currently under heavy development and planning. We are first aiming to solve inefficiencies in container workloads, targeting Docker and Kubernetes environments.
We have done lots of trials and prototyping, so as things settle down, implementations might get replaced.
We're also currently planning to implement full functionality as a dynamically linkable library.
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