PackageKit 0.3.x new features

PackageKit development keeps on trucking. After the ServicePack functionality was added in 0.3.0, we’ve got the GetDistroUpgrades functionality in the soon to be released 0.3.1 The latter allows us ask the backend if there are distro upgrades, for example, when Fedora 10 is released. By default we check for this one a week.

I’ve not really thought about the UI for the notification (and traditionally I suck at UI design), and so I welcome advice and comments from you guys. I’ve got this so far:

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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.

9 thoughts on “PackageKit 0.3.x new features”

  1. This is cool for stable -> stable but do you really want to offer upgrading to some unstable distribution release?

  2. Whatever goes, as long as it takes me less than 10 seconds on new installation to make the automatic updates completely non-interactive and make sure that I will never ever see or hear from that process. Not in any circumstances, ever.

  3. Everything I read says upgrading using yum is a definite No No.

    So now your saying that I will be able to upgrade from F9 yo F10 using yum through the PackageKit front end?

  4. OmniWeb remembers if you have ever installed a beta version and notifies you of beta versions after that. If you’ve never used betas it doesn’t tell you about them.

    Also, I think it should be “operating system”, not “distribution”.

  5. @Wes Felter: As much as people would agree with you, that is mighty misleading in a Linux environment. Given that each distribution has some semblance of identification importance… it would be more correct to call each a distribution and identify it as such.

  6. Frank, I think that it’ll use PreUpgrade for Fedora, won’t it? So only that the preparation is done on a running system.

  7. Is there a way to re-enable the notifications you have previously dismissed with “Do not show this again”? There should be some way to pick which notifications you see and enable seeing those notifications again.

    Also, I’d like to turn off all software upgrade notifications of any kind for users who don’t have the authority to perform the upgrade.

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