Thanks for keeping us all in the loop; some really nice things going on there.
On 4/25/07, Benji Weber <b.weber(a)warwick.ac.uk> wrote:
- I've been working on improving the performance
of the trawler, I can
now from a clean database locate, download, parse, index the metadata
for the main official/community & build service repositories in under
half an hour on my desktop. (That's ~900 repositories, ~110,000
packages including summaries/descriptions, ~16,000,000 files),
incremental updates where only some repositories have changed are much
This is really awesome news; so people now will be able to get really
up-to-date package results/information even on Factory, I take it?
- Integration with the simple software installation
that I've been proposing, with "Install now" links on
= Simple Software Installation =
The vast majority of the questions we face when there are not serious
things wrong with the distribution are related to issues such as
installation of third party software, multimedia codecs etc.
Explaining to new users the concept of package repositories, how to
add these, and subsequently install software is not trivial.
Furthermore, users should not be forced to grasp these concepts in
order to easily install software, in my opinion.
To solve this we could have a simple file handler that can handle
links in web pages or files on distributable media which automates the
process of adding repositories and installing software.
- I've set up a wiki page outlining the concept at
- I've created a functional prototype yast module, Pascal has kindly
made a package which you can try at:
After installing this you can try out some demo uses at
The "install now" links on
Currently the above will only work with konqueror, unless you create
the associations manually for firefox/opera in the same way as they
are configured in konqueror (this is possible, but difficult to
package without having the configuration in the upstream distribution
This is exciting stuff as well, _particularly_ with the design of the
OBS (hundreds of repositories); I really really hope we can get this
kind of stuff in for 10.3 by default, so users don't have to worry
about adding a repository and then adding the package.
Martin Schandler is creating a demo
page to show how this could be
used to simplify codec installation, for now hopefully you can use
So it'll be even easier for users to get the fuller OS experience quickly :)
= Future =
- Search service joint hosting Novell/Community, adrianS is looking into this.
- Migration of the frontend to the search to opensuse-community.org
- Fix ycp/perl to a releasable state. (someone who knows what they're doing)
- Improve the "Install now" functionality of the search service, by
calculating the repositories each package depends on (it isn't always
just the one the package is located in).
I am currently investigating either a simple method looking at the
repository dependencies in the build service and manual setup for
repositories outside the build service, and a far more complicated
method using the rpm requires & depends.
So are there going to be any reasonable methods for detecting
- Integration with new build service features
such as statistics,
using the search service statistics to improve results.
- Using search service to enrich client side software.
What kind of things can we hope for? Are these likely to be integrated
into 10.3? With all the zypp work around I guess there won't really be
any editing to the software frontends?
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