AppData Proposal, a.k.a. How to make your application appear in the software center

This morning I wrote up this proposal. If you maintain an application that you think should be in the GNOME Software Center, I would appreciate your views. Thanks!

p.s. Don’t actually commit anything to your modules just yet, I want to finish the polishing and wording before asking people to write anything. For example, the format of the long description should probably be much more prescriptive.

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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.

3 thoughts on “AppData Proposal, a.k.a. How to make your application appear in the software center”

  1. 1. What about translation of screenshots?

    2. How does one actually test what this will look like?

  2. Are you planning to extract these automatically and put them in a special place in rpm/yum? That way, for a distro, you can do full-text search on all applications? So I can search for “battery” in Software and have g-p-m come up? That said, something like g-p-m should probably not have one at all since it’s part of the base GNOME platform (and probably shouldn’t be un-installable in Software).

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