I guess I’m becoming a Discover developer, since it’s where I seem to spend most of my time these days. It’s just so darn fun since the lead Developer Aleix Pol is super easy to work with, there’s a lot of low-hanging fruit, and with Kirigami, it’s very simple to make consequential changes even when you’re a novice programmer and not very familiar with the codebase. That said, Aleix is still making about 99% of the code changes, and I’m mostly doing UI tweaks, bug screening, promotion, strategy, and work with apps to get their houses in order.
Anyway, here are the user-facing highlights of what we’ve done in the last week or so. There was a lot of work on Snap and Flatpak in particular.
- Snaps now show their size correctly once installed (KDE bug 389024)
- During installation of Snaps, the Install button changes so you can’t click it multiple times (KDE bug 388916)
- Discover now shows the license for Snaps (KDE bug 388735)
- Discover now shows the size for Snaps that aren’t installed (KDE bug 388734)
- Discover no longer shows duplicate information in package changelogs for Debian-based distros (KDE bug 387041)
- Discover now shows the version number for Flatpak apps that define information in their AppStream files (KDE Bug 388968)
- Discover’s Home page now communicates that it’s a list of featured apps (KDE Phabricator revision D9868)
- Discover now correctly removes the Tasks entry for an app if you cancel the installation (KDE bug 388915)
Let me share a video that shows a lot of the highlights:
We’ve got Kdenlive available from three sources. Version 17.08.3 is available from a distro, and version 17.12.1 is available straight from the developers via Flatpak. You can also get bleeding-edge development builds if you’d like to follow or participate in the development, or verify that a bug is fixed before the next release. You can install the one that suits you best, and change your selection as your needs and preferences evolve over time. It’s your choice.
You’re looking at the future of software delivery, folks.
Do you want to help make this happen? Instead of my usual spiel about becoming a KDE contributor or donating, consider helping app developers correct and expand their AppStream metadata. The video you just saw isn’t possible without it. Let’s go build the future.