Cool! So I am not mad and barking up the wrong tree (pun somewhat intended)…
I know now (with the wonders of google) we could use existing Debian repositories and filter for armel plus the desired distro, but thats only really going to work for the big-boys out there; Debian, Fedora etc.
I think a RPi centric repository should cater for all distro's that work on it (reel off list of the obscure).
We would not have to worry about the architecture (always armel…), and it provides the users a really easy way find stuff that will work instead of the tinkering involved. I foresee a lot of non-native packages being converted for the armel specifically to work on the RPi… things like Transport Tycoon!.
This would make it easy to bake into the distro images, and could be vetted / verified by the RPi community… as rurwin suggested. Maybe this is where the extra cool stuff comes in as a 5 star rating attached to packages.
rpi-openttd.deb – Open Transport Tycoon Deluxe -
We could use something like http://pulpproject.org
which could be frigged to use their rest API linked up to a website...
What sort of size could we be looking at in terms of disk space to store, and network usage to push out to the world. (Take 250,000 RPi users worldwide as a under-guestimate).