On Thu, 2008-07-24 at 14:39 -0400, Owen Taylor wrote: > We've been working on a website for browsing (rating, commenting, > etc) available applications for Fedora. As part of that we wanted > to be able to install/run software from the website. Awesome. I've been sitting, staring at Xbox Live Arcade and wondering when we can get similar ease of use. > Given wide usage of PackageKit and availability of the plugin, this > could also be pretty neat to put on third-party project pages. The > information you provide as parameters to the plugin is: > > The name of the application for display > A list of possible package names > A list of possible desktop file names for the application > > So it should be pretty robust against inter-distro differences in > package names. Icky. In the long run what we really need is to put a UUID field into the .desktop specification, and instruct upstream projects to generate a UUID for their application. Ta da, a reliable, cross-distribution, and package manager neutral way to uniquely identify an application.
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