Would XFCE consider adopting AppData?

Mark Trompell mark at foresightlinux.org
Wed May 7 14:41:45 CEST 2014

I think that mail should better go to xfce-dev list.
Adding you to CC too, as I don't know if you're subscribed there.

On Tue, May 6, 2014 at 3:03 PM, Richard Hughes wrote:
> Hi all,
> My name is Richard Hughes, and I'm the main developer of GNOME
> Software. I'm also one of the people behind the AppData and AppStream
> initiatives, which are cross desktop, cross distro specifications for
> metadata used by software installers. So far Fedora and Suse are
> shipping AppStream metadata, and Arch and Debian have committed
> resources too. 70% of all GNOME software packaged in Fedora ships an
> AppData file already, and KDE has just announced that over 100 of the
> KDE apps will get AppData and translations too automatically. This
> leaves XFCE currently with 0%.
> What AppStream requires is upstream metadata, things like search
> keywords, a long description of the application and some screenshots
> people can look at before deciding to install an application. There
> are quite a few applications that I use as a GNOME developer from the
> XFCE project, and it would be awesome to see the XFCE apps featured as
> first-class citizens in GNOME Software on GNOME, and Apper on KDE. It
> would also make implementing an XFCE software center much easier in
> the future.
> There is both a stick and a carrot for applications writing AppData
> files. The carrot is they get an extra "star" in the software centers
> for long descriptions, and an extra star for shipping screenshots,
> which also means they feature higher up in the search results. The
> stick is that from Fedora 22 onwards, we'll not be showing
> applications *without* AppData files, which is thankfully a long time
> from now.
> So, if you're an upstream developer I would love you to read
> http://people.freedesktop.org/~hughsient/appdata/ and commit a file
> upstream. If you're a contributor, please raise awareness of AppData
> to your affiliated project and hopefully for 4.12 we can have lots of
> high-quality XFCE applications visible to other desktops.
> If you've got any questions, concerns or flames, please either reply
> to this email or find me on twitter. I'm "hughsie" on GIMPNet and
> Freenode.
> Thanks,
> Richard.
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Mark Trompell

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