[Mageia-discuss] a cross-distribution meeting about software installers
stormi at laposte.net
Sat Jan 8 23:16:00 CET 2011
Vincent Untz from Novell, who works on openSuse, invited us (and contributers
from other distributions, including Fedora, Debian and Ubuntu) to participate
in a meeting about software installers and the end-user experience.
Here is how Vincent presents the project :
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*** Goals ***
* agree on a common UI to install applications
* agree on what metadata to use, how to generate it, where to host it
* agree on a protocol to use to provide non-static metadata (featured
apps, ratings, comments, etc.)
* decide what metadata can be shared between distros, and what should stay
distro-specific (eg: do we want user comments to be shared?)
In reality, if it turns out we can't all agree on one item, it's still fine: it
doesn't mean we can't collaborate on the other items. And some distros might
still work together.
It's worth mentioning here that what matters to us is the end-user experience.
It matters more than the technical implementation.
*** Background ***
Nearly all distributions are slowly moving towards making it easier to deal
with applications, and get information about those. The Ubuntu Software Center
is a good example of work being done here.
At the moment, many of us are working in our own corners, while we could
certainly all move much faster if we worked together, especially since we're
all targetting mostly the same result.
We do want content to be provided not just by us, distributors, but also by
the users: their experience with an application can inspire other users to
install it too.
The goals of this meeting is to see what can be put in common and harmonized
between various distributions, from the end-user point of view.
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The meeting will occur in Nürnberg, Germany from January 19th to 21st
We don't know yet what the outcome of this 3-days meeting will be, but it may
be a great opportunity.
For the mageia side, the participants will be :
- Michael Scherer (misc)
- Olivier Thauvin (Nanar), author of Sophie, the cross-distribution RPM
- Samuel Verschelde (Stormi), for the mageia-app-db project.
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