AppStream Support Moving Along For Kubuntu/Debian
Written by Michael Larabel in KDE on 11 August 2015 at 09:35 AM EDT. Add A Comment
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Work is underway on getting AppStream to work for Kubuntu and is stepping closer to having full AppStream support in Debian.

AppStream is the FreeDesktop.org specification for sharing of meta-data for application installers / packages between distributions. AppStream is handled well by GNOME / GNOME Software and is getting supported well by a number of different Linux distributions. Kubuntu support has been the latest focus as well as upstream Debian.

Matthias Klumpp wrote a blog post today about "AppStream/DEP-11 for everyone" where he explained the last few days he's been setting up a DEP-11 (their YAML version of AppStream) generator for Kubuntu and working on support from the Debian FTPMasters team for being able to add the meta-data to the repository that's accessible by Apt.

Read Klumpp's blog post for all of the details while he concluded about its state with, "I want to give this feature a little bit more testing, and ideally have the integration into the archive ready, so people can see how the metadata looks like when rendered in GNOME-Software/Discover. I also want to write a bit more documentation to help Debian developers and upstreams to improve their metadata. Ideally, I also want to incorporate some feedback at Debconf when announcing full AppStream support in Debian."
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