Frikin’ Awesome Apps (without AppData)

In GNOME Software, we show a list of applications for each category that we think are frikin’ awesome. Some have AppData, and some don’t. For the ones that don’t yet have AppData it leaves the responsibility of writing the long description to the Linux community, where we can push the data back to upstream so that all the distributions can benefit. So far we’ve had a superb reaction from lots of upstream projects.

For Fedora 20 we want all the awesome apps to have AppData, so users can evaluate the application before installing it. It would add a really nice bit of polish to the whole experience. If you can spare 5 minutes and want to help, I’ve got another shared document here.

The list of awesome-but-unloved apps is: audacity, ardour2, gnome-banshee, rosegarden, sound-juicer, doom, openarena, xonotic, tremulous, btanks, frozen-bubble, quadrapassel, neverball, gnomine, wesnoth, supertuxkart, redeclipse, lyx, gparted, virt-manager, eclipse, gitg, monodevelop, blender, shotwell, octave, saoimage, workrave, celestia, polari, pidgin, chromium, pitivi, vlc and openshot. If you want to add any other apps there, please feel free, although I would much prefer the AppData file to go upstream if you’re a contributor or maintainer of a project. Remember, we can’t feature applications on the front page that don’t have AppData, so that’s an added incentive. I’d love to expose more people to blender for instance.

There’s no way I can do all this myself for Fedora 20, so I really need your help. Again. Thanks.

13 responses to “Frikin’ Awesome Apps (without AppData)”

  1. Florian Müllner

    Polari? My idea was to get it end-user ready in time for 3.12 (and of course include app data then) – if enough people disagree with me on its readiness, I can certainly do a pre-release with app data …

  2. Cole Robinson

    virt-manager in F20 updates-testing has appdata now, so I’ve removed it from the spreadsheet.

  3. gurdonark

    So many times the tasks which need help are technical things that I cannot address. But here you ask for something I could do–add the details to a couple of software packages I love. I’m glad you put up the shout-out, so that I could add some details to some cool apps.

  4. Matias

    Hi hughsie,
    This is an independent project of gnome, and also takes about a month to release a new version with the appdata. For now, it is used by default in xfce spin, but does not depend on xfce ..
    I’m not up to date with their needs, but did the appdata, and if you want, use it,

    https://github.com/matiasdelellis/pragha/blob/master/data/pragha.appdata.xml

    Regards.

  5. fast_rizwaan

    Thanks Richard for “Software” app, it is one of the best gnome softwares. You rock!

  6. Matěj Cepl

    LyX: http://www.lyx.org/trac/ticket/8857
    jBrout: https://code.google.com/p/jbrout/issues/detail?id=220 (already merged upstream, but I don’t expect upstream release anytime soon).

  7. Jeff

    Hi Richard,
    for Pitivi, the the appdata and desktop file stuff were already pushed to master a while ago. What’s missing is a release to ship this with. We’re trying to get an alpha out soon.

    However we could use certainly help for https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=707510

  8. Jeff

    Hi Richard,
    for Pitivi, the appdata and desktop file stuff were already pushed to master a while ago. What’s missing is a release to ship this with. We’re trying to get an alpha out soon.

    However we could use certainly help for https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=707510

  9. oliver

    Somewhat offtopic, but are there any plans to sync the Appdata info with package info in the various distros? Eg. Debian usually has short title, description and URL for all of its packages, sometimes even translated; and there is a repository of screenshots at http://screenshots.debian.net/.

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