[arch-general] GNOME Software: Status and integrable?

Mark Lee mark at markelee.com
Wed Mar 26 02:45:46 EDT 2014

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On 03/25/2014 08:43 PM, Armin K. wrote:
> On 03/26/2014 01:26 AM, Karol Babioch wrote:
>> Hi,
>> now that GNOME 3.12 has been released and probably will hit the
>> repos in the next couple of days/weeks, I'm wondering what the
>> current status of "Software" is [1]? This is an application
>> similar to an app store in the mobile world.
>> I couldn't find it in the repos, and I wouldn't expect it to even
>> work without some patching, because obviously it would have to be
>> integrated into the packet management system. The only reference
>> I could find in regards to Arch Linux was a forum thread from
>> last year [2], which basically ended up in a mess without any
>> real answers.
>> On the other hand I may have missed it, because GNOME is really
>> good in using generic terms like "Software" and "Web" to name
>> their applications, which are not great to search for :'(.
>> I'm not interested in another flame war about GNOME, when it hits
>> the repos and things like that. I just want to know whether this
>> particular application is available/works and if not what the
>> technical hurdles would be to make it work and whether it is
>> feasible to get it working in the near term. Arguably users of
>> Arch Linux are expected to know how to use use the command line
>> (including pacman) and I'm fine with that, but I wouldn't mind to
>> be able to browse an app store, just for the fun of it ;).
>> Best regards, Karol Babioch
>> [1]: https://wiki.gnome.org/Design/Apps/Software [2]:
>> https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=170223
> Not that I am much aware of the state of this, but from what I've
> seen, the package requires packagekit. Archlinux packagekit package
> is fairly old and I doubt that it can be used by gnome-software.
> There was a thread on one of archlinux mailing lists regarding
> packagekit not so long ago, but even after that thread, packagekit
> still remained at version 0.7 which was released 2 years ago, while
> 0.8 (maybe even 0.9) is the latest available version.


I can't find that thread, can you point me to it? Since Arch is
bleeding edge, it's a bit strange for a package to be that out of date.

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