Heads up; F22 will require applications to ship appdata to be listed in software center

Przemek Klosowski przemek.klosowski at nist.gov
Fri Jan 24 19:15:38 UTC 2014

On 01/23/2014 03:26 AM, Richard Hughes wrote:
> I don't think we need to drop any packages, unless keeping that 
> package is actually making our life harder in a significant way. What 
> I think it's makes a lot of sense doing is -hiding- the applications 
> that are abandonware. Users that really want some low level tool using 
> GTK-1 already know the package name, and are likely very familiar with 
> the command line.
The term 'hiding' conveys a wrong implication that abandonware is 
necessarily an embarrassment to be kept locked up in the attic. I can 
think of several programs that I use daily that are simple enough so 
that there's not much development happening to them. For example,  the 
'units' program, which I showed  recently to some mechanical engineers 
who use Linux and they went 'OMG this is so cool, how come we didn't 
know about it even though we've been using Linux for ten years'.

I do agree with you that we need better 'truth in labeling': the most 
useful and attractive-looking programs should be prominently featured 
and super-easy to find, and the known-buggy programs should display 
caveats---but I think it's important that everything is easily 
discoverable, rather than hidden away.

In conclusion, I think the appdata idea is very good, and can do what 
both of us want to accomplish, with the right approach.
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