The klik development team has recently released a screencast of the currently developed software system klik2. While currently in development klik2 is supposed too solve quite some problems regarding software usage and Linux once it is released. And indeed the current available information are very promising.
The first test version of klik2 was released in August and introduced several important advantages over the current klik version 1. But the newest information do sound even better: klik2 will not any more build more or less upon Debian based systems but will run on any LSB system! This is very exciting since the LSB is the only real standard available today – and it totally makes sense to build upon.
Also it is now known that the client will be able to use non-modified rpm or deb files. There is no more need to patch anything which is certainly helpful. And as already mentioned the new mount system will not inherit the limitations of klik1 but will use a fuse based method to mount as many apps as the user likes.
There is also a screencast of the new klik2 available showing the new interface:
I must admit that I’m really looking forward to this new release. If everything works out and klik2 will be really strictly LSB dependent only and if klik2 will be able to run command line applications and other stuff without problems (think of server apps here) than it might be a realistic answer to the Linux software installation problem – that there is no easy way to install/provide software on Linux systems in general.
Of course I would prefer a system which could integrate with the local package management, but I’m afraid something like that is nothing more like a dream yet. I also must admit that I had/have quite some concerns regarding klik. The design and technology of klik1 is sub-optimal and is well described with “hackish”. Also, the developers sometimes have a bit too strong sense of mission. But if the klik2 client lives up to the promises these concerns might become history and it could become a real alternative. I might even start contributing packages/recipes.