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Fedora 22 To Push For Requiring Packages To Have AppData

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Published on 23 January 2014 01:08 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Fedora
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Fedora 22 will require applications that want to show up within the Linux distribution's software center to have an AppData file shipped by the program.

Fedora 22 is going to require applications that want to appear within their GNOME Software Center to ship an AppData file, which is a meta-data specification for providing basic data about the program. AppData is a GNOME-backed specification based on a subset of the AppStream meta-data proposal. An AppData file comes down to an XML file that specifies the basic program information like the license, name, and descriptions of the program. Screenshots of the program can also be specified via URLs. The AppData specification can be found on this web page.

Richard Hughes announced the forthcoming change on the Fedora development list, "We're introducing this change so that we can show a powerful application full of high-quality content, rather than what we have now which is a equal mixture of awesome and sadness."

The packages will still be in the Fedora repository, but not be offered from the software installer's GUI and only accessible via the command-line. Richard wrote, "A lot of unmaintained or unloved applications will be removed (which is a totally good thing, we don't want new users choosing buggy and crashy apps), but there are also a lot of applications there that we probably want to save. Note that I don't want the packages removed from Fedora; users can still use the command line to install them, just not show them in the 'Software' GUI."

At the moment there's only around 200 packages in Fedora that ship with AppData, or about 11% of all packages. AppData is mostly GNOME-specific but the Fedora developers want it to be cross-desktop. At the moment though there's no Xfce packages with AppData and only about 1% of the KDE packages have AppData, according to data provided by Hughes.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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