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 GNOME Remix 12.10 Beta Released

ubuntu gnome remix 12.10 screenshot

Along with Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Kubuntu, etc. 12.10 beta 2, another Linux distribution which aims at becoming an official Ubuntu flavour has reached a new milestone yesterday: Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 beta.

There haven’t been many changes since alpha 2, except for the obvious: most of the GNOME application stack has been updated to 3.6 RC and if you run an upgrade as soon as you install Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 beta, you should get the 3.6 stable packages for many of the GNOME applications. Also, GNOME Shell 3.6 and GDM 3.6 are already available with Ubuntu GNOME Remix beta. That means Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 beta looks pretty much like the GNOME 3.6 video we’ve posted a couple of days ago (except for Nautilus 3.6 which isn’t available in the official Ubuntu 12.10 repositories).

Other changes in Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 beta include bug fixes, like the “Undefined video mode” error which was present in alpha 2, and also, Evolution has been added to the default application stack.
Unfortunately, there’s still no Ubiquity slideshow and no Plymouth theme specific for Ubuntu GNOME Remix so if you can help, join the Ubuntu GNOME mailing list!

The final Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 version is expected to be released on October  18, just like the official Ubuntu flavours.

For the official release notes and download links, see: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuGNOME/ReleaseNotes/12.10Beta

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