Why is Gnome-App-Install inaccessible from the netbook remix?

Scott Ritchie scott at open-vote.org
Tue May 5 01:12:15 BST 2009

Corey Burger wrote:
> On Sun, May 3, 2009 at 3:17 PM, Scott Ritchie <scott at open-vote.org> wrote:
>> I installed 9.04 on my girlfriend's EeePC and discovered that, while it
>> can be run manually from a terminal, there's no way to launch
>> Gnome-App-Install from the interface.  Instead I had to rely on
>> synaptic, which for me had some very weird issues with its quick search
>> button - it looked like there were zero packages other than what was
>> already installed.  I couldn't even find flash that way.
>> I can only imagine what difficulty my girlfriend would have encountered
>> if I asked her to install Flash and Frozen Bubble on her own, and how
>> much easier this would be if Gnome-App-Install were available somewhere.
>> Why don't we put it on the applications menu in netbook remix?  Or, at
>> the least, somewhere in the administration menu?
> There are two issues here:
> 1. UNR is lpia, not i386, hence no flash. Given lpia basically is i386
> plus some funky stuff, from what I understand, you should be able to
> force i386 packages to install on lpia. There has to be a better
> solution, however.

Installing flashplugin-installer worked fine.

> 2. G-a-i is buried in the Accessories menu. Trust me, I had to go
> looking for it as well. One possible solution would be to have a fixed
> menu entry at he the button left, opposite the quit button.
> Cheers,
> Corey

Ah hah.  Yes, this is very unintuitive, especially for someone who's 
used Ubuntu before.  A better place than accessories would be the 
Administration menu (next to Synaptic), or, better still, at the very 

Scott Ritchie

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