Ubuntu GNOME Remix 13.04 Replaces GNOME Packagekit With Ubuntu Software Center

Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 uses GNOME Packagekit (“Software”) as the default package management application, but this will change in Raring Ringtail.
A recent update in Ubuntu GNOME 13.04 Raring Ringtail (currently under development) has removed GNOME Packagekit from the default applications, replacing it with Ubuntu Software Center and Ubuntu’s Update Manager.
Ubuntu GNOME Remix Software Center

According to a post on a mailing list by Jeremy Bicha, the main Ubuntu GNOME developer, GNOME Packagekit is currently “pretty disappointing“, while Ubuntu Software Center is “one of Ubuntu’s best features with ratings and reviews, screenshots, app icons, access to commercial software, and decent search“, so even though this change will slightly affect the pure GNOME3 desktop experience that Ubuntu GNOME Remix is trying to achieve, it will definitely provide a better overall default experience.
Further more, this won’t be the first GNOME distribution that ships with its own software management application: Mageia and openSUSE do this too.
Also, as you probably know, Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 includes the classic session by default (along with GNOME Shell, which is the default session, obviously). Well, the same 13.04 update brought another pretty major change: even though Ubuntu 13.04 is likely to ship with GNOME 3.6 for the most part, and not 3.8 (which will remove the fallback session), the classic (fallback) session packages were removed from the default Ubuntu GNOME Remix 13.04 Raring Ringtail installation.

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Ubuntu GNOME Remix 13.04 Replaces GNOME Packagekit With Ubuntu Software Center

Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 uses GNOME Packagekit (“Software”) as the default package management application, but this will change in Raring Ringtail.
A recent update in Ubuntu GNOME 13.04 Raring Ringtail (currently under development) has removed GNOME Packagekit from the default applications, replacing it with Ubuntu Software Center and Ubuntu’s Update Manager.
Ubuntu GNOME Remix Software Center

According to a post on a mailing list by Jeremy Bicha, the main Ubuntu GNOME developer, GNOME Packagekit is currently “pretty disappointing“, while Ubuntu Software Center is “one of Ubuntu’s best features with ratings and reviews, screenshots, app icons, access to commercial software, and decent search“, so even though this change will slightly affect the pure GNOME3 desktop experience that Ubuntu GNOME Remix is trying to achieve, it will definitely provide a better overall default experience.
Further more, this won’t be the first GNOME distribution that ships with its own software management application: Mageia and openSUSE do this too.
Also, as you probably know, Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 includes the classic session by default (along with GNOME Shell, which is the default session, obviously). Well, the same 13.04 update brought another pretty major change: even though Ubuntu 13.04 is likely to ship with GNOME 3.6 for the most part, and not 3.8 (which will remove the fallback session), the classic (fallback) session packages were removed from the default Ubuntu GNOME Remix 13.04 Raring Ringtail installation.

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Fallback Mode (Classic Session) To Be Dropped From GNOME 3.8

gnome fallback modeThe fallback mode, also known as the classic GNOME session, will no longer be included starting with GNOME 3.8, the next stable GNOME release. Users running computers without graphical acceleration can use GNOME Shell through llvmpipe, which is already supported for some releases.
I’m writing to inform you that the release team discussed [“Drop or Fix Fallback Mode”] yesterday. We’ve come to the conclusion that we can’t maintain fallback mode in reasonable quality, and are better off dropping it.
The GNOME 3.8 features page mentions some of the reasons behind the decision to drop the fallback mode of which, the most important one seems that “it’s in maintenance mode”, without no new features or active development for a long time. Other reasons include:nearly nobody actively tests itthe presence of fallback mode is having a negative impact on the quality of the primary GNOME 3 user experienceseveral apps such as Totem or Cheese now require Clutter and can’t work without GL. Thus they won’t work in fallback modesome changes in the architecture require additional work to keep things somewhat working in fallback, even though they won’t offer the full experience
Dropping the follback mode doesn’t just mean there will be no more classic GNOME session. With it, some GNOME modules might go away, like Metacity, GNOME Panel, GNOME Applets, notification-daemon, GNOME Screensaver, polkit-gnome and nm-applet. Further more, this decision affects Unity, LXDE or Xfce too because they make use of some fallback components like tray icons of GNOME Settings Daemon.
But not all is bad, because dropping the fallback mode means that some modules like GNOME Control Center, GDM or Nautilus could be simplified, mentions the “Drop or Fix Fallback Mode” page.
The GNOME developers didn’t forget about the users who prefer a GNOME 2-like layout, and it looks like they will compile and maybe help maintain a list of GNOME Shell extensions that provide such a layout.
Ubuntu users don’t have to worry about this just yet, since the next Ubuntu version – 13.04 Raring Ringtail -, will continue to use GNOME 3.6 for the most part and not the latest GNOME 3.8 which will ship without the fallback mode.

via worldofgnome.org, live.gnome.org and gnome release-team mailing list

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Fallback Mode (Classic Session) To Be Dropped From GNOME 3.8

gnome fallback modeThe fallback mode, also known as the classic GNOME session, will no longer be included starting with GNOME 3.8, the next stable GNOME release. Users running computers without graphical acceleration can use GNOME Shell through llvmpipe, which is already supported for some releases.
I’m writing to inform you that the release team discussed [“Drop or Fix Fallback Mode”] yesterday. We’ve come to the conclusion that we can’t maintain fallback mode in reasonable quality, and are better off dropping it.
The GNOME 3.8 features page mentions some of the reasons behind the decision to drop the fallback mode of which, the most important one seems that “it’s in maintenance mode”, without no new features or active development for a long time. Other reasons include:nearly nobody actively tests itthe presence of fallback mode is having a negative impact on the quality of the primary GNOME 3 user experienceseveral apps such as Totem or Cheese now require Clutter and can’t work without GL. Thus they won’t work in fallback modesome changes in the architecture require additional work to keep things somewhat working in fallback, even though they won’t offer the full experience
Dropping the follback mode doesn’t just mean there will be no more classic GNOME session. With it, some GNOME modules might go away, like Metacity, GNOME Panel, GNOME Applets, notification-daemon, GNOME Screensaver, polkit-gnome and nm-applet. Further more, this decision affects Unity, LXDE or Xfce too because they make use of some fallback components like tray icons of GNOME Settings Daemon.
But not all is bad, because dropping the fallback mode means that some modules like GNOME Control Center, GDM or Nautilus could be simplified, mentions the “Drop or Fix Fallback Mode” page.
The GNOME developers didn’t forget about the users who prefer a GNOME 2-like layout, and it looks like they will compile and maybe help maintain a list of GNOME Shell extensions that provide such a layout.
Ubuntu users don’t have to worry about this just yet, since the next Ubuntu version – 13.04 Raring Ringtail -, will continue to use GNOME 3.6 for the most part and not the latest GNOME 3.8 which will ship without the fallback mode.

via worldofgnome.org, live.gnome.org and gnome release-team mailing list

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