Yes, yes, yes
This is something that I have often thought over the last 2 years. RPM's and deb's....very nice. Makes life easy, they showed us it can be done.
I think now would be a very good time for a 'standard' to be created. Forget about writing the software for the time being. A good solid standard will do more for a single package solution than any software.
While I am not a coder, if I ever have the chance of assisting a supported standard in this area. I'll help, I'm there, the plane is booked.
A "supported standard", simple, a standard will only work if it is supported. As the linux world is standing on it's own two feet the only way such a standard will work is if the various distro's around, not only paticipate, but make moves to support the standard, regardless of result.
The GNU era has been largely responsible for Linux on a whole, surely we can agree on standard way to distribute and install apps.