GNOME Software 3.14 Will Work On Arch Linux With PackageKit
Written by Michael Larabel in GNOME on 9 September 2014 at 04:27 PM EDT. 23 Comments
Those running GNOME on Arch Linux should be pleased that with the upcoming GNOME 3.14 release that the GNOME Software application should finally play well with PackageKit's Pacman back-end.

Richard Hughes cleaned up the PackageKit back-end for Arch/Pacman this weekend so that GNOME Software will run with it and utilize native AppStream meta-data. This work is through the Alpm/Pacman back-end for using this GNOME application to install and manage new apps for the platform. Richard shared the improved Arch Linux support for GNOME Software via this Google+ post.

This generic GNOME application for installing/updating packages also will have other improvements in GNOME 3.14 like revamping various parts of the user-interface, better robustness, and package installation improvements.

Separately, Richard Hughes also announced to the PackageKit mailing list that he's looking to raise the quality of the PackageKit back-ends. There's numerous back-ends that are either unmaintained or lacking important features. The notable APT, URPMI, Ports, and Portage PackageKit back-ends have even been unmaintained for some months. Going forward he plans to be more strict about removing back-ends that are no longer up to par.
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