Any progress in Software Center in Fedora effort?

Stephen John Smoogen smooge at
Mon Oct 8 19:49:58 UTC 2012

On 5 October 2012 15:42, Richard Hughes <hughsient at> wrote:
> On 5 October 2012 16:19, Jiri Eischmann <eischmann at> wrote:
>> 1) Software Center based on PackageKit by Matthias
>> 2) Light Software Center - a new app based on PackageKit from the
>> beginning
>> 3) Apper already supports AppStream [2]
> Basically, Fedora needs to ship Appstream metadata and then we can
> just include any one of the two existing projects. To that, we need
> someone who's got an interest in working with the infrastructure guys
> in Fedora. I tried, but failed.

It is not just infrastructure, but I understand we are a major
blocker.  Getting past the legal blockers is possible but
infrastructure wants a plan, a continuing budget and a bodies that are
dedicated to the project. Fedora has a huge history of "Hey this is a
great idea!" and getting a 30% solution put out with the idea that it
will become a 80% solution if people just wish hard enough... instead
the people who started it go off to new stuff that interests them and
the people who come after either throw away what was done before or
find that real life has other plans for them. And then infrastructure
gets handed the reigns of the nearly dead website, phone service, etc.
And when we say we can't support it.. we have to spend a year proving
that we can't get anyone to step up while everyone says "Geez
infrastructure can't do anything right."

Look we have a lot of great ideas that we all would love to have
happen. However just because we have them doesn't mean we have the
resources to make them happen. There needs to be web design, web
application coding, processes for getting applications in and
approved, servers and disk space for this. Those are the hardest part
and it is a blocker because if no one is around to keep a service
going and growing it quickly becomes run by cargo cult.

Stephen J Smoogen.
"Don't derail a useful feature for the 99% because you're not in it."
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recommend pleasant. You may quote me."  —James Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd

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