PolicyKit vs. Polkit

Simon Geard delgarde at ihug.co.nz
Mon Jan 17 23:46:10 PST 2011


On Mon, 2011-01-17 at 22:00 +0000, Ken Moffat wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 10:20:33PM +0200, Waleed Hamra wrote:
> > i understand that the 2 are different pieces of software that achieve
> > the same thing. so what exactly is the difference here? i am guessing
> > that different programs use a different one of the two? if so, which one
> > is more popular? is it true that policykit will be deprecated soon?
> > 
>  Most people think that one replaces the other.

Correct - polkit is essentially a newer version of PolicyKit. It's not
compatible, hence the new name, and the ability to install the two in
parallel. That said, a modern desktop probably doesn't need PolicyKit
anymore - it's been at least a year since I dropped it from my system.

Simon.
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