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[opensuse-factory] [opensuse-gnome] GTK interface of software installer in YaST [yast2-gtk] in Factory
  • From: Atri Bhattacharya <badshah400@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2010 19:55:27 +0530
  • Message-id: <1271255127.8486.0.camel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Dear milestone testers!

openSUSE 11.3 looks to be getting in good shape, and there are about two
months to go [1] before the first of the RC releases and three until the
final release. There are numerous things to be excited about with 11.3
as has been the case with every prior release. One of these is
definitely the gtk interface to YaST Sotware Management module [2,3],
much revamped since 11.2. It would be very nice of you to test this
thoroughly for bugs, but also for usability issues and suggest
improvements and peeves :) here and over at bugzilla [4]. In the
following I would like to run you through some of the more notable
changes in the interface. Please note that there is enough time yet to
make minor modifications in the design if required.

1. Main interface revamp: The package-list shown by default is now
categorised by (Packagekit) groups and further separation into
"Available", "Upgrades" and "Installed" tabs has been done away with.
Instead this has been implemented as a separate "Status" filter (below
the Category box). By default this filter is set to "Any Status".
Selecting the "Upgradeable" filter here for example shows all those
packages which have upgrades from the subscribed repositories and brings
out an "Upgrade all" button just below the package list. The
package-list can now show various columns like repositories, etc. The
columns shown by default are Tick-action, package-name, and

Selecting a package for installation is now much easier. For packages
that are not installed, check the tick-box to the left of the
package-name in the main list and it is selected for installation.
Installed packages are already ticked, you have to un-check it to have
the package removed. The upgrade button appears just beside the version
column for every package that has an update candidate. For such packages
both the installed and latest available versions are shown in the
version column.

When one selects a package for installation/update/removal it brings
up a summary line in the status bar along with an Undo button (that
undoes this installation/removal request alone) and a link to a "Summary
of changes" box [see point 2].

There is a menu-bar at top that largely mirrors the menu-bar in the
qt version.

2. A "Summary of changes" box: that contains all the packages selected
during the session for installation/update/removal alongwith Undo
buttons for the manually selected packages. Selecting "undo" also
applies the changes to the corresponding dependencies pulled in
automatically by the dep-solver. This replaces the list of changes
sidebar implementation which was a part of the package-manager in its
11.2 and previous avatars. Also with a button to access the "History"
viewer [see point 3].

3. A "History of changes" box: that is accessible from either the
top-menu "Extras" or from the "Summary of changes" box. This shows the
entire history of installed/upgraded/uninstalled packages, and
subscribed/removed repositories, categorised conveniently by date (the
full history-viewer in all its glory has not made it into M5, it should
be in factory [5] soon however and you can already try it from svn [2]
if feeling adventurous :) ). You can select a package and hit the
"jump-to" button to switch to the package in the main interface and
uninstall/re-install a removed package from there. This is in response
to feature # 305859. It enables the user to look up a package installed,
say, recently that he/she does not like or finds unuseable and remove it
and the dependencies it pulled in easily. This should go extremely well
if the Unneeded packages group is implemented later [6].

4. When one switches to the "Repository" categorisation (left-sidebar,
select Repositories from drop-down header), the button "Switch all
packages to that from this repository" shows up just below the main

All the development work thanks to the yast2-gtk maintainers.
Discussions pertaining to all points have been taking place at There is enough time yet for
your suggestions regarding the design and usability of yast2-gtk to be
given thorough consideration for implementation. Please do use it and
let us know what you think of it and the changes you would like to see
to make yast2-gtk more useable. You may reply to this mail for general
feedback and/or put in a bugzilla report if you meet a crash, etc.
Better still you may subscribe to the above google-group and post your
suggestions there.

Happy testing!



[3] Installed and used by default on GNOME; KDE users may install the
package yast2-gtk using zypper
> sudo zypper install yast2-gtk
and use the interface by issuing the following command as root
> yast sw_single --gtk
look for yast2-gtk > 2.21.36

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