GNOME Software on MATE and XFCE

Hi all.

tl;dr: If you want to run GNOME Software on MATE or XFCE you need to set an environment variable like GNOME_SOFTWARE_COMPATIBLE_PROJECTS=MATE,GNOME,XFCE

Long version: In the software application we have the problem where applications have the same name and summary, but are targeted against different desktops. We know when an app targets a specific desktop from the AppStream metadata (which currently uses a heuristic from the .desktop file) so we could filter these out client side. At the moment searching for notes gives you two similarly looking results results provided by two different applications: bijiben (GNOME) and xfce4-notes (XFCE). Also, because of the shared history, a lot of the MATE applications have the same name as the GNOME ones. This makes bad UI.

The default is GNOME_SOFTWARE_COMPATIBLE_PROJECTS=GNOME (well, it is gnome-software after-all…) but if you want to show MATE projects and hide the core GNOME ones, just use a setting of MATE. If you want XFCE, GNOME and MATE apps to show, just use MATE,GNOME,XFCE.

As usual, comments and suggestions welcome.

7 responses to “GNOME Software on MATE and XFCE”

  1. gabriel

    Good to know. Thanks, man.

  2. houz


    I guess when you say “If you want to run GNOME Software on […]” you are referring to some GNOME software called “Software” and not that people have to set this environment variable in order to run any GNOME software?


  3. Jeremy Bicha

    Why don’t you use gsettings instead to store those values?

  4. Emanuele Aina

    Can’t wait for the comment saying “Aaaah, GNOME application won’t run under Mate and XFCE unless you set a custom env var”. ;)

    To be fair, I didn’s spot the capital “S” in the title until reading the article body, and I got it before reading the long version only because I know which application you’re currently working on. :)

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