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Muon Suite To Be Kubuntu's Software Center

timothy posted more than 3 years ago | from the knice-klean-look dept.

KDE 84

mukt77 writes "The Muon Suite has been chosen to be the default package manager for Kubuntu 11.10, the Oneiric Ocelot. By the time Kubuntu 11.10 is released the Muon Suite will have had its first birthday. In this year I believe that the Muon Suite has vetted itself, proving to be a robust package manager as well as a stable set of applications. With my Kubuntu developer hat on, I believe that it was a good move to wait a bit before jumping on the 'latest and greatest' for its shininess value, though I can't deny that it would have been neat to have the Muon Suite included a bit sooner."

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First nigger post. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36223998)

I am a black person.

Re:First nigger post. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36224106)

Stop stealing my wifi and get your nigger ass back to work plowing the field.

Re:First nigger post. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36224440)

Stop showing off, you insensitive clod!

Re:First nigger post. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36225584)

Is there a reason for this to be here still?

Re:First nigger post. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36232644)

Is there a reason for your mom to be a pole smoking whore?

Re:First nigger post. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36233702)

Yes.

Good! (1)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 3 years ago | (#36224006)

This is needed. The package management in Kubuntu has always been half-baked compared to its Gnome-based counterpart.

Now if they could just make the other system utilities as robust as the ones in Ubuntu...

Re:Good! (3, Interesting)

russlar (1122455) | more than 3 years ago | (#36224112)

the KDE3 version of Adept was good. But yeah, they never had one for KDE4. The KPackageKit GUI from 9.04 was a mess, and actually drove me to SUSE

i thought apt was the package manager? (2)

decora (1710862) | more than 3 years ago | (#36226216)

man, did i wake up on the wrong side of a time travel machine?

Re:i thought apt was the package manager? (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#36226362)

These software centres aren't apt, they are shiny friendly GUI front ends for apt.

Re:Good! (1)

Nexus7 (2919) | more than 3 years ago | (#36227182)

From what I've read about Muon, it should eliminate having to worry about how to skin Synaptic to integrate with the rest of the KDE desktop. It always seemed odd that it was such a hard to thing to code up a graphical dselect (yes, I know dselect and apt are different).

Now if they make a good replacement for nm-applet, I can have an all-KDE system.

hmm. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36224062)

dunno, i always install synaptic on a Kubuntu system. pity its a Gtk app and drags lots of Gnome stuff in,
i cant stand Gnome or Gtk - its too dumbed down and old fashioned looking for me, so, a new QT app,
will be a welcome improvement.. about time Kubuntu got some preference anyway.. hope Muon has a good search..

Re:hmm. (2)

gmiernicki (1621899) | more than 3 years ago | (#36224584)

Same here, nothing wrong with having a few Gnome packing in your system. I also use KxStudio on top of Kubuntu, so I bring a load of packages in from there too. Who really care what packages you have in your distro? it's what you do with it that counts :D

Re:hmm. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36224728)

Same here, nothing wrong with having a few Gnome packing in your system. I also use KxStudio on top of Kubuntu, so I bring a load of packages in from there too. Who really care what packages you have in your distro? it's what you do with it that counts :D

correct !

how dare you (1)

decora (1710862) | more than 3 years ago | (#36226222)

if we let people have any old package they want, it would be total anarchy! chaos! disorder!

i do not think i exaggerate when i say that this so called freedom to choose the packages on one's system is the common argument of the terrorist.

Re:hmm. (1)

kaka.mala.vachva (1164605) | more than 3 years ago | (#36224870)

Have you checked out aptitude? See: http://tread.wordpress.com/2007/02/21/howto-use-aptitude-instead-of-synaptic-and-why/ [wordpress.com] (its my blog).

Re:hmm. (2)

KiloByte (825081) | more than 3 years ago | (#36225780)

aptitude stands for: uninstall the world, install a few totally unrelated packages, without doing what you asked it to do.

Seriously, why does it even consider a "solution" that includes no foo if I typed "aptitude install foo"?

Re:hmm. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36227532)

I was wondering if someone would bring up aptitude. IMO it should replace the old apt-get for regular use and should be used as the basis for all these GUI tools.

Re:hmm. (1)

jon_doh2.0 (2097642) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229170)

By logging dependencies and deleting them when an application is removed, aptitude wins. I never use anything else to install, just use Synaptic to browse packages and query the repos.

Broken download page? (0)

rrossman2 (844318) | more than 3 years ago | (#36224134)

Just went to download Kbuntu as I haven't used a KDE environment for a while, and figured I'd stick it on an older laptop. I hit up the download page, and after selecting the version and 32-bit, I click "Begin Download" in Chrome.. and nothing happens!

Re:Broken download page? (2)

stms (1132653) | more than 3 years ago | (#36224174)

Hmm... just tried the download page seems to work fine for me if for some wierd reason it isn't working for you try the torrent [ubuntu.com]

Not much to see. (2, Insightful)

w0mprat (1317953) | more than 3 years ago | (#36224156)

Still a feature-starved sparse looking uninspired clone of USC (which still has a kludgey unfinished feel), copying the abysmal rating system. Desktop linux could benefit greatly from a decent App Store.

I really wish developers would actually take a look at competitors are doing and get some inspiration.

Taking a look at, for example: Mac App Store, Android Market web store, Intel's App-up, Chrome Web App store, even AllMyApps for windows is a good one to look at. Even Linux Mint's App portal is a good effort.

Linux has had good package management and delivery for a long long time, all it's been missing is a good, navigable and appealing front end for it.

Re:Not much to see. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36224306)

Why do I need an App Store? I have never needed an App Store in my entire life. Free software can be downloaded from websites, non-free software can be purchased from its maker or third party vendors. What is the problem this solves?

Linux has had package management front ends for years and they work just fine.

Re:Not much to see. (1)

seifried (12921) | more than 3 years ago | (#36224890)

Ease of use. Apps can be free (check out the apple store, lots of good free apps). Things like my bank, Netflix, etc all make free apps to make their products more attractive to us iDevice users. You may have no problem finding source, compiling, installing dependencies, etc. but 99% of the world just wants their computer(s) to work. Also in theory it makes comparing software easier as you'd have rankings/etc. I know when I go look at Mozilla plugins I appreciate the interface somewhat, comparing the last plugin update, number of downloads, etc. all help me make a choice as to which plugins to give a try,

Re:Not much to see. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36225210)

You penguin people may be damn good looking and great dressers, but you'll never quite get to the point of downloads that are so automatic that they'll happen without you even thinking about them. Nowhere else does integration go so deep as you'll experience with the Windows software suppositories.

Re:Not much to see. (2)

silverglade00 (1751552) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229610)

You may have no problem finding source, compiling, installing dependencies, etc.

I run Windows, OSX, Fedora and FreeBSD and I have not ever had to do those things. I have wanted to on FreeBSD, but I did not have to. Perhaps you should try something other than Linux From Scratch.

Re:Not much to see. (1)

samoanbiscuit (1273176) | more than 3 years ago | (#36225148)

The problem this will solve, if implemented well, is basically cutting down on tech un-savvy users installing malware, and maybe for the rest of us, ease of updating, with a nice GUI. I think an app store should allow apps to be sold/downloaded easily, but certain apps can be scrutinized/audited, and given a certificate/badge of "goodness" that less technical users can use as a guide to what's safe to dowload. The rest of us will benefit from fewer botnet zombies pumping out spam and DDOS attacks, and friend/clients needing help!

Re:Not much to see. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36224362)

Maybe tablet Linux needs a neat app-store, but my desktop runs just fine with Synaptic. Can install/remove packages in seconds, can see what I have installed, explore the repo. by searching for specific subject matter etc.

Refinements are always welcome, but I think every desktop Linux user for the immediate future is going to favour efficiency at the top of the learning curve over intuitivity at the bottom, any day of the week: why else would they think about using Linux?

Re:Not much to see. (2)

MaskedSlacker (911878) | more than 3 years ago | (#36225244)

Refinements are always welcome, but I think every desktop Linux user for the immediate future is going to favour efficiency at the top of the learning curve over intuitivity at the bottom, any day of the week: why else would they think about using Linux?

THIS.

I don't mind improvements to the DEs. I don't care if some distros want to go full retard. But you can pry my bash commands and the ability to configure every part of my system with a basic text editor from my cold dead hands.

Re:Not much to see. (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#36226420)

Nobody is prying anything, these are just front ends for apt.

Ignorant is not the same as retarded btw, nor should anyone have to use the command line just to install an application. That's just as retarded as only ever using lynx and mail for web browsing and email.

I'm perfectly comfortable with apt on the command line if I know what I'm looking for, but these software centres are a nice way of finding new/alternative software - they often include screenshots, descriptions, ratings and user reviews.

Re:Not much to see. (3, Informative)

Nerdfest (867930) | more than 3 years ago | (#36224404)

Have you looked at the one that comes with Ubuntu (not Synaptic, but the actual Software Centre)? It actually compares favourably with all of the examples you've given, and is nicer than some, I think.

Re:Not much to see. (2)

jon_doh2.0 (2097642) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229250)

It comes in Debian too, i have never used it, though just had a look at it and it is very polished and simple to use, and seems to meet the basic tenets of an "app-store", no?

Re:Not much to see. (1)

SheeEttin (899897) | more than 3 years ago | (#36224812)

Linux has had good package management and delivery for a long long time, all it's been missing is a good, navigable and appealing front end for it.

I like using apt-get. Fast, accurate, and simple. >_>

Re:Not much to see. (1)

jon_doh2.0 (2097642) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229286)

What about aptitude for better dependency handling?

Re:Not much to see. (1)

glwtta (532858) | more than 3 years ago | (#36225082)

Linux has had good package management and delivery for a long long time, all it's been missing is a good, navigable and appealing front end for it.

I've always been a little curious - what do all these package management front-ends actually do?

When I want to install a package, I do: apt-get install <name-of-package-i-want>, from time to time, I do a apt-get update; apt-get upgrade.

What, specifically, is being improved on here?

Re:Not much to see. (3, Insightful)

Kjella (173770) | more than 3 years ago | (#36225292)

I've always been a little curious - what do all these package management front-ends actually do?

When I want to install a package, I do: apt-get install <name-of-package-i-want>

Help you find name-of-package-i-want, if you already know that then no front end is going to make it easier. Categories, ratings, descriptions, searches... yes, it's pretty much all possible with the command line and clever use of grep but it's supposed to be the easy and intuitive way to get from "I have some vague notion of what I want" to "I'll try installing name-of-package-i-probably-want".

Re:Not much to see. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36225720)

apt-cache search regex

Re:Not much to see. (2)

MMC Monster (602931) | more than 3 years ago | (#36226182)

Don't forget user reviews.

It's important to know that while a package was abandoned by it's developer more than a year ago, it's still the best one of it's type in the repository.

Re:Not much to see. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36226352)

I don't have any experience with Ubuntu, but I am certain there exist something equivalent to "emerge -S " and "ls /usr/portage/".

Also, user reviews sound quite useless for me (though it may be useful for others even if I can't see why). When I want a type of program but don't know which one, I just emerge a bunch of programs of that category and see which one I like the best.

Re:Not much to see. (1)

glwtta (532858) | more than 3 years ago | (#36229744)

the easy and intuitive way to get from "I have some vague notion of what I want" to "I'll try installing name-of-package-i-probably-want"

Ah, I believe they call that "google".

Re:Not much to see. (1)

Teun (17872) | more than 3 years ago | (#36225548)

Take as an example when you're looking for a photo or picture viewer, there are so many of them and you want some guidance when selecting.

A gui helps a lot, the latest KPackagKit is close to getting there, as a matter of fact I feel it's for the first time ever ahead of Muon.

Re:Not much to see. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36225102)

App Store? Are you completely out of your mind? Or did you never ever use Linux or a package manager in your life?

Linux systems have package managers.
App Stores (which actually don't even sell apps, since that is physically impossible, but give out licenses) are, what you get, when you take a package management system, and rape it with the delusion that one could own information.
This results in centralization, and weird ways of dealing with software. As if it was physical matter.

Not only does Linux have the mother of all "App Stores" forever, no, that mother is also still mentally healthy, as opposed to younger her mutated monstrous psycho clone.

# eix $mycategory/*
# eix $myquery
# emerge -atv $mypackages

Done, and done.

(There's also GUI and website alternatives for the 'tards.But those only make it less convenient for actual computer *users* [using = automating work away])

Re:Not much to see. (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#36226456)

using = automating work away

Indeed. Graphical package managers automate away the need to type out arbitrary commands for everything.

Looking at your short example, I have no idea what the available categories are, or how queries should be formed. I don't know what the switches a t and v do. That I should have to re-learn this kind of thing for a new package manager every time I want to try a new distro is pretty absurd. If I like the distro, then I will learn its arbitrary quirks.

Not all apps can be free (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 3 years ago | (#36227506)

Not only does Linux have the mother of all "App Stores" forever, no, that mother is also still mentally healthy

Assume for a moment that the user can figure out 1. that the commands are eix and emerge and 2. how to navigate to man eix and man emerge. Now how does your Linux "app store" handle payment for apps that by their nature can't very well be free [pineight.com] ? Google gentoo emerge payment didn't turn up anything useful.

Re:Not all apps can be free (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36228658)

You're talking about Gentoo. Most users who need a graphical package manager (that's App Store for the non-Linux people) go for Ubuntu, not the system that even I haven't managed to install properly yet,

Re:Not much to see. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36225522)

Taking a look at, for example: Mac App Store, Android Market web store, Intel's App-up, Chrome Web App store, even AllMyApps for windows is a good one to look at. Even Linux Mint's App portal is a good effort.

Ok got it, "App" is now officially 2011's buzzword ...

Re:Not much to see. (1)

Teun (17872) | more than 3 years ago | (#36225564)

You are trolling right? What else then a Super App store are the repositories!

And with newer front ends like Muon an KPackageKit it also looks good.

Re:Not much to see. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36226156)

Ubuntu has an App Store. It is called Ubuntu Software Center. Gives you one-click installation and both free and paid (not that many indeed) apps. So what is the point? I actually think that Apple copied the app store idea from package management in Linux, which existed much before.

Why do they have to change the spelling? (-1, Redundant)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | more than 3 years ago | (#36224264)

Muon Suite?

Mourn Suite?

Why not just call it "Moon Suit".

Re:Why do they have to change the spelling? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36224280)

do you know what a muon is?

Re:Why do they have to change the spelling? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36224516)

a mis-spelled moon suit?
for moon-unit zappa?
to wear as she zips about in her moon-buggy?
on the surface of the moon?
in the loony month of june?
while jammin' to her tunes?

you loopy, loopy, loon!

Re:Why do they have to change the spelling? (1)

glwtta (532858) | more than 3 years ago | (#36225090)

So, no?

Re:Why do they have to change the spelling? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36234724)

No! So?

Re:Why do they have to change the spelling? (1)

Gaygirlie (1657131) | more than 3 years ago | (#36224304)

Change the spelling of what? 'Muon' is in fact a perfectly valid English word as can be seen in e.g. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/muon [thefreedictionary.com] :

muon [mjun]
n
(Physics / General Physics) a positive or negative elementary particle with a mass 207 times that of an electron and spin ½. It was originally called the mu meson but is now classified as a lepton.

Re:Why do they have to change the spelling? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36224316)

How about 'Moon Unit'?

I misread it as "Muon Site To Be ..." (1)

Michael Woodhams (112247) | more than 3 years ago | (#36225116)

I thought 'They're putting their FTP site computers down an abandoned mine full of particle detectors? That's sort of cool, but why?'

I suppose it says something about me that I find 'muon' a more recognizable word than "suite".

Unclear summary (1)

canadiangoose (606308) | more than 3 years ago | (#36224332)

Muon Suite isn't quite a "package manager" so much as it is a graphical interface to apt/dpkg.

Re:Unclear summary (1)

Trilkin (2042026) | more than 3 years ago | (#36224932)

So, uh, like every other package manager?

Re:Unclear summary (1)

MaskedSlacker (911878) | more than 3 years ago | (#36225260)

No.

Apt is a package manager. Portage is a package manager. Slackpkg is a package manager (yes, yes it is, even if it doesn't do dependencies). Yum is a package manager.

Muon, Synaptic, etc. are front ends. Not package managers at all. Hell, with some (probably) minor code changes you could port Synaptic or Muon to work with Portage or Yum instead of Apt.

Re:Unclear summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36225294)

Since we're being pedantic, dpkg is a package management system, APT is a frontend to dpkg.

Re:Unclear summary (1)

Shoe Puppet (1557239) | more than 3 years ago | (#36226030)

Not if you consider searching and downloading packages to be part of a package manager's job. In that case, dpkg and apt are each "one half" of the same package manager.

Nice, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36224344)

distros keep neglecting the fact there are lots of people out there who don't speak English, and while you can install the language packages, package descriptions are in English.

The only distribution I know that supports translated packages descriptions is Pardus... BTW I don't know if even apt/deb or rpm/yum support translations...

Re:Nice, but... (1)

icebraining (1313345) | more than 3 years ago | (#36224502)

Debian packages do have support for translated descriptions, and so does aptitude, at least.

The main problem is the lack of volunteers to actually help with the translation. I'm guilty of this, especially since I don't have any problem reading the original versions.

Re:Nice, but... (1)

Grishnakh (216268) | more than 3 years ago | (#36230846)

You obviously do speak English, and it's probably safe to assume you speak some other language too since you're griping about non-English support.

Have you offered your services as a translator?

YAPM (Yet Another Pkg Mgr/system/frontend)=NIH (3, Insightful)

Ensign Nemo (19284) | more than 3 years ago | (#36225022)

Good lord! Enough with package managers/packaging systems/new frontends.. They're like paint programs in Linux. 15 half-assed ones but not one single great one, because every developer with NIH feels like he has to create another one because 'nobody else has these features.' ENOUGH ALREADY! at this point, it has nothing to do with choice and everything to do with developer ego and NIH.

It's just a frigging package manager/frontend/system. Can we get past this already?!?!?!?!

Seriously, this is why Vista's failure didn't hurt Microsoft. Linux devs are too busy reinventing the wheel every 6 months. Devs will get 80% there and then stop and then all the other devs decide they know a better way to do it, and they get (if they're lucky) 80% there and stop. rinse and repeat.

And don't give me that "If you don't like it, you don't have to use it." Now instead of 15 half-assed ones, we have 16 half-assed ones. Kubuntu will use it, no one else will, and users have to learn yet another interface.

Ugh, I need a drink.

Re:YAPM (Yet Another Pkg Mgr/system/frontend)=NIH (1)

kvvbassboy (2010962) | more than 3 years ago | (#36225586)

I feel you. But, it is expecting a bit too much to expect all of them to work on one project for no money. Most people work for either feeding their stomach or feeding their ego. The exceptions are few in number, and not for small pieces of software like this.

Re:YAPM (Yet Another Pkg Mgr/system/frontend)=NIH (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36226300)

Seriously, this is why Vista's failure didn't hurt Microsoft. Linux devs are too busy reinventing the wheel every 6 months.

No, the reason no year will ever be The Year of Linux, is because the big players have big marketing budgets. Nothing more, nothing less.

Re:YAPM (Yet Another Pkg Mgr/system/frontend)=NIH (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36227932)

Muon is a front-end for apt. It looks pretty. However there is a very popular and good front-end for apt called Synaptic. It is installed by default in most Ubuntu installations. So while there is a popular and well supported package management tool that is also stable, there are some up-coming contenders for KDE. Competition has always been good for Linux, and it is part of what makes Linux continue to be awesome in spite of its lack of resources.

Package management in general is not like a paint program. Good package management is an open research question, as it is so difficult to balance a truly time-traveling OS instance that doesn't suffer from OS rot, security vulnerabilities, or user unfriendliness. Its not so simple that some one can just git 'er done as you seem to suggest. So no, its very hard to move past it. Android has been suffering from security vulnerabilities, Apple has an active committee that must review (and censor) applications, and despite all this there are still security vulnerabilities, fragmentation, and OS rot (you just throw the device out in 1.5-2 years).

OS X on the other hand has no package management, and no, their .app format is a poor replacement. Try uninstalling "anti-virus" software, Microsoft Office, or any other reasonably complex program. They all have their own uninstaller scripts with root privilege and just mow over the machine, so cross your fingers and pray basically.

Honestly, you should probably just stick with one of the big distros like Ubuntu or RHEL, they are very good, have good package management, and it sounds like you don't really want to get involved in some of these more subtle (but important!) details. Thats fine, there is a distro for you, just go use it and stop complaining about what is really not a problem.

Re:YAPM (Yet Another Pkg Mgr/system/frontend)=NIH (1)

Ensign Nemo (19284) | more than 3 years ago | (#36240276)

Bullpucky!

Muon is a front-end for apt. It looks pretty. However there is a very popular and good front-end for apt called Synaptic. It is installed by default in most Ubuntu installations. So while there is a popular and well supported package management tool that is also stable, there are some up-coming contenders for KDE. Competition has always been good for Linux, and it is part of what makes Linux continue to be awesome in spite of its lack of resources.

NIH isn't competition.

Package management in general is not like a paint program. Good package management is an open research question, as it is so difficult to balance a truly time-traveling OS instance that doesn't suffer from OS rot, security vulnerabilities, or user unfriendliness. Its not so simple that some one can just git 'er done as you seem to suggest. So no, its very hard to move past it. Android has been suffering from security vulnerabilities, Apple has an active committee that must review (and censor) applications, and despite all this there are still security vulnerabilities, fragmentation, and OS rot (you just throw the device out in 1.5-2 years).

I say again. Bullpucky!
1) git 'er done. - I never said this.
2) hard to move past - Nope. I don't believe this.
3) open research project. Where is real research being done in this area? What I see are people doing the same thing over and over again, with either a different toolkit or rearranging buttons on the GUI version or renaming parameters in the cmdline version.

OS X on the other hand has no package management, and no, their .app format is a poor replacement. Try uninstalling "anti-virus" software, Microsoft Office, or any other reasonably complex program. They all have their own uninstaller scripts with root privilege and just mow over the machine, so cross your fingers and pray basically.

Don't care. Not pertinent to this discussion.

Honestly, you should probably just stick with one of the big distros like Ubuntu or RHEL, they are very good, have good package management, and it sounds like you don't really want to get involved in some of these more subtle (but important!) details. Thats fine, there is a distro for you, just go use it and stop complaining about what is really not a problem.

Wow. someone's kinda high and mighty.
Very good?!? Hahaha. NOT! yum is the worst package manager I've used. (MHO). synaptic is fairly good though.
important subtle details? I usually hear arguments like 'triggers are stupid' or 'RPM includes too much!' or 'mmap 256K blocks vs 128K blocks' or rollback support.

'it sounds like'? Wow, you gleaned all that from such a short post?

You have your opinion and I have mine.
I consider it a real problem. I have friends who do packaging and they agree with me, so I know I'm not alone.

Re:YAPM (Yet Another Pkg Mgr/system/frontend)=NIH (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36228468)

This is so not limited to any particular aspect of Linux.. it describes in a nutshell the entire ecosystem.. and it will never change...

Re:YAPM (Yet Another Pkg Mgr/system/frontend)=NIH (1)

metamatic (202216) | more than 3 years ago | (#36231154)

Yeah, I'm quietly hoping that this'll be the graphical package manager that isn't half-assed or overcomplicated. The one that finally gets me to stop using apt-get at the comment line. The one that succeeds where three or four others have failed.

I'm also hoping that the current Linux sound infrastructure will some day be the one that actually works reliably. Again, the one that succeeds where three or four others have failed.

KDE developer's short attention span (3, Insightful)

nut (19435) | more than 3 years ago | (#36225094)

KDE seems to suffer terribly from re-writer's disease. They'll write a good piece of software, possibly lacking a few features and a bit buggy in places. Rather than polish it and fill in the gaps, they nearly always decider to write something Newer and Better.

Almost invariably the new application won't be the latter, because immature software tends to lack a few features and be a bit buggy in places.

I still prefer KDE to Gnome, and Kubuntu is my main desktop, but I really wish the developers would settle down and get a bit less skittish.

Re:KDE developer's short attention span (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36225488)

Erhh.... KDE Platform is not going to get a rewrite.
KDE 3 were dead what were hanging code from 1.x series.
KDE 4 (now KDE SC if you know) was a project to first time rewrite the whole desktop environment to clean form what is possible to maintain easily.

And so born the KDE SC what is not just desktop environment, it is much more. It is compilation of different technologies like KDE platform, KDE Plasma, KDE development platform, set of KDE apps and so on. KDE apps can be finally ran well on other OS than Linux and FreeBSD, but like NT and XNU.

Re:KDE developer's short attention span (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36226328)

I think you're mistaking Kubuntu for KDE: Muon will be the software center for Kubuntu, not KDE.

Re:KDE developer's short attention span (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36226586)

But ... but .... writing something from scratch is so much fun.

You mean I have to take over someone else's sloppy code?

And not even get paid for it?

Re:KDE developer's short attention span (1)

crimperman (225941) | more than 3 years ago | (#36227492)

KDE seems to suffer terribly from re-writer's disease. They'll write a good piece of software, possibly lacking a few features and a bit buggy in places. Rather than polish it and fill in the gaps, they nearly always decider to write something Newer and Better.

There is some irony to be found in the fact that you didn't pay attention long enough to notice this has nothing to do with KDE. Nobody has said KDE will be switching. Heck half the KDE-based distros I've seens didn't even switch to KPackageKit.

Re:KDE developer's short attention span (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36227688)

This is more a case of KDE trying hard to be OS Agnostic. OS Specific components such as package managers and some hardware interfaces have traditionally been considered outside of the KDE Project (the later much less so now). Since none of the major (or well funded) desktop Linux's use KDE as preferred desktop they tend to be pretty half baked.

I will have to try Muon. KPackageKit is a lot nicer in 11.04 than earlier versions.

having used muon for about six months already... (1)

pointbeing (701902) | more than 3 years ago | (#36225634)

I find the product to be fairly robust and the developer has been pretty darned responsive - I had enough issues with 11.04 that I went back to Debian, but I digress ;-)

synaptic is still my go-to gooey package manager. Functionally I don't think synaptic is any better than muon and I'm not sure whether it's my own prejudices or the GUI really could use a little help, but I find muon a bit more difficult to use than synaptic. IMO GUI design is an art form anyway - and not a skill that all developers possess ;-)

I have no problem running GTK+ apps in KDE but know a few people who do - I've never been one of those "pure KDE" people.

I think muon's a great effort - and kudos to the developer, who's pretty quick to answer questions.

URGENT MESSAGE FOR KDE DEVELOPERS (1)

Woy (606550) | more than 3 years ago | (#36226340)

All work on KDE should stop immediately and until KDE Network Manager Widget is rewritten from scratch, and the people responsible for the current version banned from any sort of software development more complex than Hello World. I wish, so much, that I was wrong or exaggerating.

Sad but oh-so-true (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36226426)

parent++;

^^^ this. (1)

pointbeing (701902) | more than 3 years ago | (#36227386)

First thing I do on a new KDE installation is install wicd, even on wired connections. network-manager is just awful.

It's not just KDE! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36228716)

Network Manager (and to a lesser extent HALdaemon and everything it touches) is a half-baked abomination.

I run Gnome and I have never seen a version of NM that worked well with more than three specific hardware configurations - presumably, the three that a single developer had in hand when he committed the version that shipped.

Re:URGENT MESSAGE FOR KDE DEVELOPERS (1)

Grishnakh (216268) | more than 3 years ago | (#36230956)

I use Kubuntu 11.04 and Linux Mint 10 KDE, and it's not that bad, but it could definitely use some work.

However, one place where it totally fails is with VPNs, which are pretty much a necessity in many workplaces (I work from home and have to use one to access the SVN repo at work). KDE's Notwork Manager is supposed to work with VPNs, and looks very pretty when it shows a VPN connection, but it doesn't work at all, at least not with Cisco VPNs (vpnc). There's an alternate program called KVpnc which has a lot more functionality, supports a lot more different kinds of VPNs, but it can't seem to keep a connection up for any length of time for me. I finally resorted to learning how to set up a connection from the command line, which works great, but of course isn't integrated and has a longer learning curve, and won't be as easy to reconfigure should I need to do so.

Apt me to the Muon, let me play among the PPAs ... (1)

OlPete (830871) | more than 3 years ago | (#36236772)

It's totally awesome how the linked article tells you that you can install it with:

apt-get install muon
apt-get install muon-installer

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