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

Daniel Micay danielmicay at gmail.com
Wed Mar 26 02:56:05 EDT 2014

On 26/03/14 02:45 AM, Mark Lee wrote:
> 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.
> Salutations,
> 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 bleeding edge, it's a bit strange for a package to be that out of date.
> Regards,
> Mark

You're welcome to add a libalpm backend to a newer version of PackageKit
if you think it's worth your time.

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