Looking at Package Management for Karmic or Karmic+1

Jan Claeys lists at janc.be
Fri Apr 3 05:00:27 UTC 2009

Op donderdag 02-04-2009 om 11:42 uur [tijdzone +0200], schreef Martin
> The "new updates available" screen doesn't tell the user which ones are critical/security
> updates.

They are in a different section already, I think?  (But jaunty has no
real security updates, I guess.)

> Popularity stats should not be skewed by "default installs" so I don't think it should be based
> straight on popcon (maybe it should be weighted against some list of default installed apps
> or something). Right now it looks like gnome games is more popular than for example
> freeciv/openarena/chromium which I have a hard time believing. Maybe more people play
> gnome games (because they are installed by default) but if I go into AppCenter looking
> for a cool new game that's very "popular", I'm probably looking for something else.

I don't think it's all that important to "except" default installed
applications, but applications (especially those that aren't installed
by default) should be compared to other similar applications (e.g.
compare FPS-games to other FPS-games).

> Why is "Fonts" it's own top-level item next to "Ubuntu Software"?

I can see some point in that, especially if it would provide a way to
preview the fonts.  But I think similar things should exist for free
clipart, free photos, free music, etc.  ;)

> I see that the "Description" field for each update is working properly in your mockup.
> I really hope that you will list that as a explicitly feature and make sure it "just works".
> Today update-manager has a feature where it shows a description for each update but
> that functionality very often just doesn't work.

Actually, it says there is no description yet but also gives you an URL
that points to the description that it said doesn't exist yet.


I suppose update-manager doesn't pull this info from launchpad directly
because that could easily result in an unintentional DDoS.

But like you say, this information should be made available to
update-manager (and the new app) *much* *much* faster.

Jan Claeys

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