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

Ike Devolder ike.devolder at gmail.com
Wed Mar 26 05:16:11 EDT 2014

On Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 01:43:57AM +0100, 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.
> -- 
> Note: My last name is not Krejzi.

Note on packagekit:

The guys at Antergos started the port of the alpm backend to 0.8 but it
seems it's a lot more work than first anticipated.

Currently I don't have sufficient time to digg into this myself to get
our alpm backend on par with the latest packagekit again.

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