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[openFATE 310981] openSUSE Software Portal
Feature changed by: Vincent Untz (vuntz)
Feature #310981, revision 8
Title: openSUSE Software Portal New
Requester: Desirable

Requested by: Denny Beyer (lumnis)
Partner organization:

Have you every heard or seen the openSUSE software portal? Why is it so
well hidden on the website? This should be well visible and accessible
through a much more prominent location, e.g. the iso software download

Business case (Partner benefit): Users, especially new linux/oss software users need a
good starting point to search for software that might help them. The
software portal does that, it's a shame it's not more accessible.

#1: Rajko Matovic (rajko_m) (2010-12-20 07:25:48)
It is available from landing page and it is on .

#2: Denny Beyer (lumnis) (2010-12-20 07:38:43) (reply to #1)
Sorry, but no. I'm not talking about the software search, but about
Please try to follow the use case above!

#3: Pascal Bleser (pbleser) (2011-01-26 23:49:16) (reply to #2)
A long while ago, Benjamin Weber and I implemented the Software Portal.
Even though we blogged and emailed about it, as well as made a
presentation about it at the first openSUSE conference, no one was
interested in participating -- at least in terms of coding, we have a
few good fellows who volunteered for testing. So we went on hacking,
and it's pretty much functional. But even then, no one was interested.
We eventually gave up because it just needed too much time for just two
people, and both of us had so many other things on the plate. At this
years' openSUSE conference, I stumbled (by chance) into a session about
implementing an "app store"-alike for openSUSE (and other distributions
as well, if possible). Even there, no one knew about it, and in the
mean time there were a few other implementations (even though none of
them is functional and having a smaller feature scope). So we discussed
a few things, and the decision was made to use OCS and the stuff Frank
Karlitschek had started to hack, which has been coined project "Bretzn"
since then. I don't think much happened on that since then. And then, a
very few days ago, there was a workshop in N├╝rnberg with folks from
other distributions to, again, but this time across distros (which is
extremely cool), come up with ideas and a plan to develop... an app
store alike for Linux distributions. I wasn't invited, and part of the
people there didn't know about the Software Portal, and some did, but..
go figure. Not sure I'll try to contribute to the topic because I'm
rather disgusted at how all the hard work Benjamin and I have put into
this implementation (as well as the experience doing it) is just left
aside, and because of choices of technologies like it's 1999. We'll
see. Anyway, and as one can read from the above, I'm rather sour, to
say the least, on how it all went, especially because that's the kind
of things I very much want to prevent from happening in the project.
Hope that answers your question on why it isn't more prominent and why
almost no one knows about it.

+ #4: Vincent Untz (vuntz) (2011-01-27 00:12:22) (reply to #3)
+ I want to apologize to Pascal and Benjamin here: I knew about the
+ software portal, but since I was focusing on getting people from other
+ distros, I completely forgot that and didn't personally invite them to
+ the meeting :/ Unfortunately, the email I sent at the beginning of the
+ month on distributions@xxxxxxxx.o to make sure that all people who were
+ interested would join didn't help.
+ I surely hope we can at least learn from the experience gained while
+ building the software portal, and maybe even use bricks of what was
+ done there.

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