[Mageia-discuss] Suggestions

Frank Griffin ftg at roadrunner.com
Tue Oct 26 14:22:08 CEST 2010

Ahmad Samir wrote:
> So having it set to "All" when a user searches for something will give
> him a lot of results that he probably doesn't care about (e.g.
> searching for amarok, he just wants the main package not the lib or
> -scripts or -utils ones... etc).
The problem with this design decision was that it wasn't made to hide
things that all users, beginning or advanced, had no reason to want to
see by default.  It was made because someone thought that CLI
applications ought to be hidden, which is a much different objective.

The correct way to do this is not a drop-down allowing a single choice. 
It's a set of toggles for things like "hide background library
packages", "hide language-specific packages for uninstalled languages",
and so forth, with these things initially checked by default.  You could
even have a "hide non-graphical packages" toggle - just don't have it
checked by default.  Also, give the toggles their own menubar entry,
e.g. "View".

When "Packages with GUI" was introduced and made the default, pretty
much all of cooker responded with "WTF ???".  That's a pretty good
indication that it wasn't done right.

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