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9 August 2012

Discovering your OS and beyond

Filed under: KDE,muon,my projects,Netrunner,Software Libre — apol @ 4:50 pm

Some time ago, I already talked about the project I started along with Blue Systems called Muon Discover. For those who didn’t follow, it’s some software to get to know the resources your OS is providing like applications.

Muon Discover has had quite a good welcome, somebody even recorded some pretty awesome review, but as you will understand we couldn’t stop there.

The first Muon Discover iteration was centered into building a new GUI to figure out your system’s available applications. The second iteration though, was meant to be an engine overhaul. The GUI wouldn’t change much but technically it changed a lot. Muon’s internal library was repurposed into a backend-based system where APT is only a backend, which means basically two things:

  • Now we can have multiple backends
  • Now we don’t depend on QApt

With all these changes, I chose to add another backend too (a backend-based system with 1 backend is sad), so I created some KNS+OCS backend that works well enough. At the moment, it is providing Plasmoids to be added to your KDE Desktop and Comics for your Comics Plasmoid. Here you can see a video of Muon Discover running on my ArchLinux system. :)

Muon Discover, KNS Backend from Aleix Pol on Vimeo.

Now the call for collaboration:
Do you want your OS resources to be available through Muon? Create a backend!
Do you want to support other resources than we’re displaying? Create a backend, or expose those through OCS.

Possibilities are wide and it’s a great moment to explore them. What do we want to offer? Only applications? Maybe also multimedia resources? Books? We have to figure all this out, and now it’s the moment to do so by joining the project :).

If there’s any way I can help, I’ll be glad to, so don’t hesitate to ask if there’s any question!

See you!

16 Comments »

  1. Any PKGBUILD?

    Comment by Christopher — 9 August 2012 @ 6:23 pm

  2. I second. If QApt is kept as a mere backend, supporting Pacman or Chakra’s Akabei with Muon is possible.

    Comment by Alejandro Nova — 9 August 2012 @ 6:26 pm

  3. #1 I didn’t make a PKGBUILD, but if that helps you, I can do it.

    #2 Yes, there are many possibilities. Some people says also that a PackageKit backend would be good. I don’t really know. I would really like someone proficient in those technologies to approach me and discuss a good solution.

    Comment by apol — 9 August 2012 @ 8:43 pm

  4. Running on SuSE :)
    http://i.imgur.com/p5b0t.png

    Comment by šumski — 10 August 2012 @ 11:45 pm

  5. #4 great! Thank you :)

    Comment by apol — 11 August 2012 @ 1:19 pm

  6. So i wouldn’t leave it only at screenshot, i made a package for SuSE:
    https://build.opensuse.org/package/show?package=muon&project=home%3Asumski%3AKDE%3AUnstable%3APlayground

    Comment by šumski — 15 August 2012 @ 9:17 am

  7. [...] hacen que sea un verdadero explorador de aplicaciones, no un mero instalador. Más información: The Blind Cow Related content: Explora aplicaciones con Muon Discover Better Related Posts [...]

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  10. [...] within the Muon Suite. Aleix did a good write up of what we have done for 1.5 (or possibly 2.0) here. I’ve adapted the Muon Software Center to the backend changes required for the backend [...]

    Pingback by Blue Systems, the Muon Suite, and Kubuntu « Jonathan's Blog — 19 August 2012 @ 5:49 am

  11. Cool! Now it should be default for KDE.

    Comment by Zoidberg — 23 August 2012 @ 7:16 pm

  12. [...] wrote about this feature in detail at his blog. As he wrote, the work in supporting multiple resource types opens up the possibility of new [...]

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  14. Very interisting. This tools is very full and certallyn I’ll use this.

    Comment by Henry — 19 February 2013 @ 10:17 pm

  15. [...] wrote about this feature in detail at his blog. As he wrote, the work in supporting multiple resource types opens up the possibility of new [...]

    Pingback by Muon Suite 2.0.0 released | Jonathan's Blog — 3 April 2013 @ 5:17 am

  16. […] than the currently supported apt-based ones. Luckily my mentor Aleix had ported it to a plugin based approach for backends some months earlier, so there weren’t many hickups for […]

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