Does your project use PackageKit?

Yesterday, somebody asked me on IRC if there was a list of projects using PackageKit. I said no. I’m now adding a section on the website with just this content.

So, please send an email to me or the mailing list if your project is using PackageKit BY DEFAULT. This doesn’t mean “can be installed on”, but means “is usable when freshly installed”. I think it makes sense to add projects like nautilus that hook into the session interface too.

So far we’ve got replies from Fedora, Foresight, Moblin and Kubuntu. If you’re interested, please follow the instructions here or email me off-list. 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.

10 thoughts on “Does your project use PackageKit?”

  1. I like PackageKit, and I want everyone else to know why. I recently requested that the Fedora Docs team adjust our software management guide to put PackageKit usage up front, and save advice on yum for specific backend chapters concerning configuration. I still run yum frequently out of habit, but if I were directing new users I would have no qualms about having them choose the PK applications from the menu and have at it. Certainly there’s still a ways to go to get to the point of users not needing to know details like package names, but for now PK is still, for my book, the most friendly, useful, and freedesktop-compliant (and software freedom loving) system out there.

  2. Sounds cool, however I’d like to see where the list is, perhaps it’ll be available a bit later?

  3. Are distributions the only users of PackageKit or would we expect end user applications to use it to make it easier to install theme’s, add-on’s, or related software?

  4. The only thing I’m liking about PackageKit is the application intergration. The new interfaces, unfortunately, just don’t go well with me at all nor the idea behind them.

    Will be an application user once it makes its way in Ubuntu.

  5. >the new interfaces just don’t go well with me

    What troubles you? The fact that the session interface is synchronous or the fact there is a new API? Just curious…

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