Those familiar with iOS jailbreaking are likely familiar with Cydia, a 3rd party software repository. The App Store-alternative has remained mostly unopposed (with the exception of few lesser-known applications).
In hopes of competing against the homebrew monopoly development team Infini Dev created Lima, an in-development browser-based software repository. The web-app will be capable of installing 3rd party dpkg applications, themes, and other various modifications on jailbroken iOS devices. As noted by I.D. team member James Matoe on Twitter (@ferreiradaniel2), the app will supposedly block repositories that offer “cracked” iOS apps, calming the concerns of hacker-fearing users.
Lima will be available via the default Safari web browser, greeting users with an iOS-esque web interface (which closely resembles other familiar app repositories).
The team released the following bare-bones description of their new software:
“Lima is going to be a browser-based dpkg Installer. Meaning all you have to do is visit a website in safari and you have a fully functional package installer!”
The creators aren’t new to the iOS repository game…they’re also responsible for bringing back the standalone application Icy, a stripped-down lightweight Cydia alternative.
The following video was also released demonstrating the in-development software in it’s current state:
Little information has been provided and no release date has been set, but GizmoDigit will be promptly reporting on future project developments. You can follow the apps progress yourself via the Infini Dev team’s website.