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FOSDEM and PackageKit

In February I will be at FOSDEM, giving a presentation about PackageKit. It would be good if as many of you guys and girls interested in PackageKit could be there. The presentation will last about an hour, and probably spill out into a bar afterwards. The abstract is as follows: The presentation will give a […]

PackageKit and gnome-packagekit 0.1.4 released!

Today I released PackageKit and gnome-packagekit 0.1.4. PackageKit release notes.gnome-packagekit release notes. Tarballs available here.

Dear Fedora Developers

I want to be able to click a tickybox in anaconda/live-cd when setting up my home partition: [X] Encrypt home directory And then for everything to just unlock when I enter my login password at GDM. Why am I drowning in concepts like dm-script, pam, cryptsetup and all that other geeky stuff for something so […]

Panic! 13 seconds to shutdown!

This morning, PackageKit checked for updates automatically, and then began to download and install them like I had configured. Half way through, I get this dialog: Panic ensues. I close down all my half-finished code changes, save my drafts in evolution and work out how much stuff I have open on other workspaces that needs […]


Hmm. PackageKit development has hit another snag. When we use a spawned backend that needs cancelling we just send the new process a SIGQUIT and then SIGKILL after a small delay. Other backends are compiled and thus use threads. It appears that g_thread_cancel doesn't exist in GLIB. I've found one hacky implimentation here, but that […]

PackageKit zypp backend

Good news: Boyd Timothy and Scott Reeves are now working on a zypp backend for PackageKit. I'm really pleased at the progress of PackageKit so far. There are so many checkins every day it really is amazing the buzz a small project has created in such a small amount of time. Rock on.

Ubuntu and GNOME Power Manager

Okay, after my last outburst I've talked in depth with Jorge on irc (from Ubuntu) about my situation and described to him what happened. He's reassured me that mistakes were made, and that he's now there to stop stuff like this from happening again. This is good. Ted Gould has just started in the Ubuntu […]

Flipping angry with Ubuntu

Ubuntu maintainers – why do you fix important bugs in gnome-power-manager and then don't even bother sending me or the mailing list a two minute email mentioning it? Have I ever rejected a patch? Do you guys enjoy patching stuff in private without sharing? I know…. You are really busy before releases…. blaaa blaa blaa. […]


Adrien BUSTANY is rocking with QPackageKit, a QT frontend and library for PackageKit: Public git repo here:git clone git:// If you want to help, contact Adrien directly (you can find his email from google).

Visual metaphors for an 'available' package?

Dear lazyweb. Has anyone got any good visual metaphors for an 'available' package? An available package is one that is not currently installed and could be installed either from cdrom or web repository. Ideas welcome.

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