GoboLinux is a Linux distribution with an alternative filesystem hierarchy, where “the filesystem is the package manager”. My work with GoboLinux has primarily been in package management, including the design of its use-flags system, the Freshen automatic-update tool, and various work on the Scripts and Compile tools along with recipe maintenance and web tooling.
Taxonomy of Package Management in Programming Languages and Operating Systems. Hisham Muhammad, Lucas Correia Villa Real, Michael Homer. In PLOS, 2019.
Package management is instrumental for programming languages and
operating systems, and yet it is neglected by both areas as an
implementation detail. For this reason, it lacks the same kind of
conceptual organization: we lack terminology to classify them or to
reason about their design trade-offs. In this paper, we share our
experience in both OS and language-specific package manager development,
categorizing families of package managers and discussing their design
implications beyond particular implementations. We also identify
possibilities in the still largely unexplored area of package manager
Michael Homer — 2019