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.

Originally published at WebUpd8: Daily Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.



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Ubuntu 13.04: Alpha Releases Dropped, Only One Beta Milestone

ubuntu raring ringtail logoFor Ubuntu 13.04, all alphas and the first beta release have been dropped from the release schedule, so Raring Ringtail will have only one beta version and obviously, the final stable release.
Nicholas Skaggs, the Canonical QA Community Coordinator, mentions in a blog post that instead of the old milestones, a bi-weekly testing process will be used throughout the development cycle. He also mentions that the daily ISOs will continue to be published as usual and they will be automatically ‘smoke’ tested to make sure there are no more broken installers on the published images.
Further more, the freezes (for instance, when the Feature Freeze takes place, the developers stop introducing new features or packages and concentrate on fixing bugs only) have been moved back a few weeks so the development will continue until late in the release cycle.
The Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail schedule should now look like this:
March 28th: beta releaseApril 25th: final Ubuntu 13.04 release
These changes will only affect the main Ubuntu flavor (with Unity), while the other flavors like Xubuntu, Kubuntu, etc., will have complete control over their releases so we might see different release schedules for each Ubuntu flavor.

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