AppStream 0.8 Works On Improving Open-Source Software Metadata
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software on 27 January 2015 at 06:00 PM EST. 2 Comments
Version 0.8 of AppStream has been released for improving open-source/Linux software metadata as consumed by several software package managers.

AppStream continues to be used by GNOME Software, Muon, and Apper, among others, for providing metadata about software applications/packages. The AppStream 0.8 release attempts to further improve the metadata situation by providing recommended sizes for screenshots, an optional source_pkgname tag, and an optional bundle tag.

For those developers that are somehow only hearing about AppStream for the first time, you can find out more details via the project site. You can learn more about the AppStream 0.8 release via Matthias Klumpp's blog post. For those looking for an example of the XML file syntax, you can see the PTS example.
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