Introducing AppStream-Generator

Since mid-2015 we were using the dep11-generator in Debian to build AppStream metadata about available software components in the distribution. Getting rid of dep11-generator Unfortunately, the old Python-based dep11-generator was hitting some hard limits pretty soon. For example, using multiprocessing with Python was a pain, since it resulted in some very hard-to-track bugs. Also, the […]

AppStream/DEP-11 fully supported in Debian now!

Back in 2011, when the AppStream meeting in Nürnberg had just happened, I published the DEP-11 (Debian Extension Project 11) draft together with Michael Vogt and Julian Andres Klode, as an approach to implement AppStream in Debian. Back then, the FTPMasters team rejected the suggestion to use the official XML specification, and so the DEP-11 […]

Update notifications in Debian Jessie

Piwik told me that people are still sharing my post about the state of GNOME-Software and update notifications in Debian Jessie. So I thought it might be useful to publish a small update on that matter: If you are using GNOME or KDE Plasma with Debian 8 (Jessie), everything is fine – you will receive […]

AppStream/DEP-11 for everyone! (beta!)

One of the things we discussed at this year’s Akademy conference is making AppStream work on Kubuntu. On Debian-based systems, we use a YAML-based implementation of AppStream, called “DEP-11”. DEP-11 exists for historical reasons (the DEP-11 YAML format was a superset of AppStream once) and because YAML, unlike XML, is one accepted file format by […]

The state of AppStream/GNOME-Software in Debian Jessie

… or “Why do I not see any update notifications on my brand-new Debian Jessie installation??” This is a short explanation of the status quo, and also explains the “no update notifications” issue in a slightly more detailed way, since I am already getting bug reports for that. As you might know, GNOME provides GNOME-Software […]

Tanglu Beta2 now available!

While writing this post, I recognize that we might need a news-blog for Tanglu 🙂 Since yesterday, we have an (installable!) Beta2 release of Tanglu! Compared to the previous snapshot, it comes with a huge amount of improvements and bugfixes: The systemd journal is now used for logging exclusively. You can install rsyslog to get […]

Tanglu status report

Hello everyone! I am very excited to report about the awesome progress we made with Tanglu, the new Debian-based Linux-Distribution. 🙂 First of all, some off-topic info: I don’t feel comfortable with posting too much Tanglu stuff to Planet-KDE, as this is often not KDE-related. So, in future Planet-KDE won’t get Tanglu information, unless it […]

Das AppStream-Projekt

In den letzten Tagen ging ja das AppStream-Projekt durch die (Linux-affinen) Medien. (Siehe auch den Blog-Beitrag von Picomol für eine kurze Zusammenfassung) Dem Projekt vorrausgegangen war eine Mini-Konferenz in Nürnberg, parallel zum “Bretzn”-Meeting des openSUSE/KDE Projektes, über die ich im englischen Teil dieses Blogs bereits berichtet habe. Da ich nun mit dem Listaller-Projekt ein Tool […]