Is Gnome Software ready for primetime ?

Michael Catanzaro mcatanzaro at
Fri Nov 1 23:33:22 UTC 2013

On Fri, 2013-11-01 at 11:01 +0000, Richard Hughes wrote:
> Sure. GNOME is a complete desktop, not a collection of packages
> designed to be replaced.
Personally, I see little benefit in prohibiting users from removing core
apps.  If they don't like a particular program, why force it on them?
Many people like to have exactly one application for each task - for me
that's the GNOME application, but it's not hard to understand why people
replace Epiphany with Firefox, Totem with VLC, etc.

Having a few uninstallable apps isn't a huge deal, but will be annoying
for many and will justifiably draw user criticism.

Anyway I'm curious exactly which apps will be uninstallable: are they
handpicked or is there some criterion (e.g. everything in the core
moduleset? but then would you be stuck with Epiphany if you install it,
even though it's not installed by default?)

On Fri, 2013-11-01 at 11:01 +0000, Richard Hughes wrote:
> We wanted to write an application that rocked for a certain set of
> users, rather than write a generic UI that wasn't really usable by
> anyone. Also, given that you can easily install the old packagekit
> package tools using the application installer, there's really no
> reason to get upset at all.
When they're installed at the same time, is there appropriate magic to
ensure that gnome-software handles system updates, or would there be
some sort of horrible competition between the two?  (Maybe
gpk-update-viewer should be retired entirely?) 
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