On Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 12:15 PM, Bastien Nocera <bnocera(a)redhat.com> wrote:
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> My take away from the discussion so far is that the current board would not
> anything that 'automates' access to such external software. Doesn't
> we ship
> the metadata on the ISO or not.
> The only thing that I can see flying with the current board is a system that
> is 'blind' to what it is offering, just like
> a web browser.
How is that a better solution than making it easier to add new repositories through
the web browser? Or through a URL copy/paste in the software center?
My naive approach would be to:
- allow repositories to be defined by a single URL (this is what third-party
for Synology, iOS jailbreak, Cyanogen, etc. use)
- use a custom scheme in the software center to pass those URLs, eg.
or even defining multiple repos with a single URL:
The software center can now show you the list of repositories offered by this URL
- Convince repo maintainers to add those URLs to web pages
One-click in the web browser, confirm in Software center. It also works for both
proprietary repos and free software restricted ones. The user can find out about the
repos through the existing page, that could be linked from the Software center as well:
Having said that, I don't think this is the blocker problem for most users. They know
to find the repositories they need ("fedora rpm nvidia" in Google?), the
providing making it easy for developers to package their wares for Fedora.
Have you recently tried to install Skype or Spotify on a Fedora machine?