I am quite an unorganized person, but I have enough problems with computers in general, that I'm trying to keep my own computer ordered. That's why I'm eager to install everything with RPMs, in order to be able:
Well, this is just to convince you that you should do it as well ;-).
Nevertheless, not all software is packaged as RPM, and sometimes it is outdated or packaged only for a specific version of Linux (e.g. RedHat and I have SuSE); so, though I am not a programmer, I began to package software and it's not always that easy, so that I thought I could let other people profit from my experience and sweat.
This is the purpose of this page...
I'm trying to make packages that can be installed on any Linux
Platform (at least by rebuilding the SRPMs), that can be built as a
non-root user and correctly installed as root. Nevertheless the
packages are mostly tested on my home computer (SuSE 8.2 under KDE
for the time being).
I'll be happy to hear from your experiences (good or bad).
I also created a Java depot (as described
here), which you can use with apt4rpm, adding
the two following lines to your
rpm http://eric.lavar.de/comp/linux/rpm noarch java rpm-src http://eric.lavar.de/comp/linux/rpm noarch java
This depot contains more recent stuff (currently freemind and some dependencies, like jcalendar and jgoodies-forms).