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Offline Updates in Fedora 20

In GNOME 3.10 we’re encouraging more people to use the offline-update functionality which we’ve been using in Fedora for a little while now. A couple of people have told me it’s really slow, but I hadn’t seen an offline update take more than a minute or so as I test updates all the time. To […]

GNOME Shell and GNOME Software

GNOME Shell and GNOME Software

The ever-awesome Matthias Clasen added a nice feature to GNOME Software a couple of weeks ago: It’ll be available in GNOME 3.12 in a few months time.

Upstream adoption of AppData so far

By popular request, some update on the upstream adoption of AppData so far: Applications in Fedora with long descriptions: 168 (9%) Applications in Fedora with screenshots: 140 (7%) Applications in GNOME with AppData: 60 (50%) Applications in KDE with AppData: 1 (1%) Applications in XFCE with AppData: 0 (0%) You can look at a few […]

How to generate AppStream metadata for Fedora

I’m generating all the Fedora AppStream metadata by hand at the moment. Long term this is going to move to koji, but since we’re still tweaking the generator, adding features and fixing bugs it seems too early to fully integrate things. This is fine if you just care about the official Fedora sources, but a lot […]

PackageKit service packs and catalogs

Does anyone actually use the PackageKit service pack or catalog functionality? If there are no users I’m intending to rip out the unused and unloved features from GNOME 3.12. Please say now, or forever hold your peace. Thanks.

How to take 16:9 Screenshots

A few people contacted me after discovering that screenshots should be taken in a 16:9 aspect ratio. The question was basically, how do I do that? After trying to do this myself for my applications, I too discovered it’s hard. The wmctrl command doesn’t seem to play very nicely with CSD, and certainly won’t work […]

AppData Validation Tool Update 2

There’s a new version of the AppData validation tool, and this one actually downloads and validates the screenshots you’ve included in the .appdata.xml files. See the AppData specifications for guidelines on how to make good screenshots. Get it while it’s hot, appdata-tools-0.1.4.tar.xz or I’ve built Fedora RPMs too. Please yell if you think you’ve written […]

Copyright in AppData files

More AppData news! I’ve been contacted by someone connected to Debian Legal, who apparently want me to add copyright information to the AppData files for licence compliance. Whilst most of the files are CC0 (basically public domain) it doesn’t seem super important, but it is technically required. If you ship an AppData file, I’d appreciate […]

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 […]

GNOME Goal: AppData for all applications

Daniel Mustieles García has proposed a GNOME Goal that every official application in GNOME should ship an AppData file. See the wiki page and check your module. Loads of modules have already added files, but remember, the AppData file has to be translated and validated before it’s ‘done‘ for the GNOME Goal. Thanks!

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