PackageKit at GUADEC

Yesterday I gave my PackageKit talk in Istanbul — I think it went well and the questions were good so overall I’m pleased. If you have any feedback (good or bad) then please email me and tell me what you thought.

Slides are here. Thanks

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Richard has over 10 years of experience developing open source software. He is the maintainer of GNOME Software, PackageKit, GNOME Packagekit, GNOME Power Manager, GNOME Color Manager, colord, and UPower and also contributes to many other projects and opensource standards. Richard has three main areas of interest on the free desktop, color management, package management, and power management. Richard graduated a few years ago from the University of Surrey with a Masters in Electronics Engineering. He now works for Red Hat in the desktop group, and also manages a company selling open source calibration equipment. Richard's outside interests include taking photos and eating good food.

4 thoughts on “PackageKit at GUADEC”

  1. It seems that the largest problem with PK is a major lack of tabs in the UI. Perhaps you should have a tabbed interface for package installing so you could install several packages at once from multible tabs :-)

  2. “Want to have warnings translated into the correct locale?”

    Richard, ordinary (non-expert) users should not see warnings. If there is some situation, it is computer stuff. Warning user about it is forcing users to tend computers. I’d rather let the users do things that accomplish their real world tasks, especially as they lack the expertise to judge those warnings in any case. Locale problems in package management are moot, as is spamming user with automated updates. That stuff should be 100% silent unless if there is a grave and constant error over a period of time.

    The other parts of your show are plain superb! It is very rare to see an actual competitive analysis. I was seriously amazed! The direction you are heading is exactly the correct one.

  3. I still disagree with PackageKit being pushed as the frontend also. Backend, sure. Let distros figure out user usability or no.

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