First off, I've recently upgraded from 1.20e to 2.1
and the package downloading feature is really great.
Here are some things that i think would make it better.
make the box resizable so i don't have to scroll so
much! (when this was added to the common file dialogs
it was an absolute godsend...)
allow the packages to be sorted by name as well as
in a tree format, and possibly implement some of those
ordered columns too which could show the size and
subject grouping. one column could also say which
server(s) it was found on.
allow text search with wildcards of package names
don't download the package list EVERY time a package
is installed -- have an option to assume it's correct
if it's more than (say) a day old. (the current
behaviour is annoying if you install several small
packages one by one on a modem)
make it easy for people to package and submit files
that aren't on the main sites, ie provide docs,
packaging tools and a submission mechanism
instead of selecting one server, what about having a
list which (optionally) is searched from top to
bottom --- ie if a package isn't found on server 1, it
prompts to look on server 2, etc. Or it could just
prompt to look on any other server and give you a list.