Former Writer · Mar 31, 2012 at 04:00 pm

Botbrew Brings Linux Tools and Package Management to Android

It wasn’t long ago we brought users their first taste of Botbrew when the popular V6 Supercharger Script was ported to the Nook Color. However, that is not the end of the story for the spunky application. As time has gone on and development has improved, Botbrew is getting ready to hit the streets as a universal Android app.

Started by XDA Senior Member inportb for use on the Barnes & Noble Nook Color, the lightweight package manager has been improved upon numerous times, and it has been brought to our attention from inportb that this application will likely hit the Market sometime in the near future. How far into the near future is anyone’s guess, but that’s the game plan.

For those who don’t know, here’s a description of what Botbrew actually is:

BotBrew is a repository of *nix software (such as bzip2, curl, openssl, python, and ruby) powered by Opkg, a lightweight package manager that feels like dpkg+apt. BotBrew is also a build system for anyone looking to build and package his/her own scripts and programs.

Before we continue, I’d like to thank the Opkg developers for making such a powerful and lightweight utility, mateorod for testing the heck out of this thing, and YOU for using BotBrew. Now then…

Given that Linux is the operating system of choice for most developers and that good package managers are rare and hard to come on Android, this application becoming universal could be just what the doctor ordered. The application checks for Opkg, and installs it if it is not present. From there, users have a powerful interface with a nice GUI to do anything from install scripts to create scripts to building programs. What more could one possibly need in a single application, assuming of course that it has the usual bug of not making you bacon.

For more information on the application, including instructions on use and download links, and to keep track of development progress as it gets closer to prime time, head on over to the original thread.


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