what I would love
Posted Jan 27, 2011 17:46 UTC (Thu) by albertoafn
In reply to: what I would love
Parent article: Untz: Results of the App Installer meeting, and some thoughts on cross-distro collaboration
Aside from completely independent sites such as Freshmeat which have been attempting to catalogue software for many years already, there has been a certain amount of movement towards augmenting the basic metadata within various services. I think that the Debian package archive's Web site now has screenshot support, for example.
For me its not the same freshmeat and a repository. A repository has some sort of control over what i am installing. Not just random code (or at least that's what i'd like to think)
Debian has the screenshot support. It doesn't tell you the version of the screenshot tho :(
Anyway, yeah, some of this information is already available. Usually the faster way to find out about it, it's find out the project homepage somewhere or google it and look for it there. That or a few commands to find out about this metadata, but with a generic form like this to fill in by maintainers would be much centralized and much of the data only has to be entered once...
This is for example where the large base of "noobs" users of ubuntu that everybody like to bash can come in handy to help gather all that data. Its not complicated data (NOTE: no offense intended. noob = not as savvy as other distributions. I know lot of people that use ubuntu that would love to collaborate but does not know much, even to triage bugs)
This is a policy matter: the configuration files, for example, should all reside in a standard place such as /etc/sysconfig (or your distribution's alternative). It would be nice to be reminded of this via the package manager though...
dpkg --show-config-files package
I meant all kind of useful path or env variables, not just conf files. And yeah its a matter of the policy, but thats what they are trying to sort it out in this article, isnt it? :)
btw when i said history i meant changelog :)
Many of them are already there, so I'd rather have my mind blown by something else, really. ;-)
I agree that many are there, but not in a uniform accessible way. Id love to see all this things in a gui with the ability to sort the packages by these fields and compare between each other
And many of this would make more people to be able to use repositories. Yeah, nowadays I can tell my gf to look for photoshop or gimp and she is able to install it. But how can she pick her own packages without installing it and try a few out? with more metadata presented in a uniform way, she would start loving repositories as i do. (and id be useful for me too!)
I also agree that are lots of things to do. maybe more important. But I just wanted to share some pointers that I always thought could be very useful and easy to do now that this matter is argued :)
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