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Opensuse 12.3 - Appstream based app-store to be integrated into next release

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  1. Make it easy for developers to release an application
  2. Make it easy for developers to market and for users to learn about that application
  3. Make it easy for users to install the application

Project Bretzn consists of three parts: the
building of the package, the
publishing of the application, the
marketing to the users and the
feedback cycle back to the developer. The building part consists of plugins for IDE’s and integration with Build Services and using
Lubos Lunak’s OBS Generator (yes, still
looking for a new name ) to automatically generate cross-platform build files. Publishing sends the app to a variety of App Stores and then markets it through announcing it on Facebook, Twitter, via a RSS feed and the
Social Desktop . Finally, users can provide feedback by rating the application and commenting on it, by writing bug reports and send messages to mailing lists or forums. And all of that with one click (well, maybe a few more).


Over 70% of the work is done already and the team is aiming to ship in December. They are working with other openSUSE developers to make a proof-of-concept App Store for openSUSE using OBS and the other integration which will hopefully ship in the upcoming openSUSE 21.1 release.

This sounds like the kind of thing we want!



Interesting debate on the fedora communities desire for an app-store:



icons/user_comment.png J. P. wrote: (3 years ago)

End of Januari a Bretzn sprint will be held in the openSUSE offices in Nuremberg, part of the goal is to integrate it better in openSUSE. Hopefully we can make this happen ;-)

icons/user_comment.png J. B. wrote: (3 years ago)

thank you Jos,

I look forward to seeing bretzn integrated into 11.4.

icons/user_comment.png N. M. wrote: (3 years ago)

I find the terminology 'store' misplaced for a community freely available linux distribution.

icons/user_comment.png J. B. wrote: (3 years ago)

"Current features of the API include categories, screen shots, change logs, commenting, rating, search and update notification. Furthermore, applications can be either free or paid and the payment goes directly to the developer. Not all AppStore clients include all features right now, the KDE GHNS client is probably the most complete as it has been around for many years."

It is possible to make financial transactions in return for apps...........

icons/user_comment.png J. P. wrote: (3 years ago)

hmmm, I think I understand Nelson here - store sounds much more commercial than we are as openSUSE ;-)
The reason for the name 'appstore' is because it is familiar to many people. Let's be honest, Yast already provides what really is an appstore - zypper does nothing else than Apple's appstore. Sure, a 'proper' appstore looks a bit better, is easier, allows 'external' parties to enter apps etc - but in the end it's not different from the distribution repositories we've had for what, 15 years?

So the main reason to work on an openSUSE 'appstore' is because we want to piggy-back on the popularity of the term. Now THAT is surely an argument Nelson can fully support, I would think.

icons/user_comment.png J. B. wrote: (3 years ago)

i accept the point. :)

icons/user_comment.png N. M. wrote: (18 months ago)

Not really; Maybe you like to see openSUSE as a 'follower'... I would like to see it as source of innovation... the terminology 'store' is too much warned off, not to mention that many possible combinations will probably bring legal disputes, e.g. App Store...

But I don't care what people call it. Just making my useless cents.

icons/user_comment.png D. M. wrote: (17 months ago)

I have to agree with you. Ubuntu's "Software Center" sounds a lot better than Apple's "App Store". Sure, it may even be possible to find commercial applications here, but that is not the main point of it. The main point is distributing OSS software.
And it could very well be confusing for new users if it was named "App Store". If they have not used anything else to know what it is, the logical assumption is that everything there is paid. And they are using a free as in beer operating system. So they would potentially never even open it (as the case is with Windows Marketplace, too).

icons/user_comment.png J. B. wrote: (3 years ago)

major distro's to collaborate on app-store framework, opensuse to use ubuntu app-store front end via policykit:


icons/user_comment.png J. P. wrote: (3 years ago)

not really a correct article, we won't be using Ubuntu's appstore for one. Bretzn will create our appstore as the next link you posted shows :D

icons/user_comment.png J. B. wrote: (3 years ago)

cheers, that became apparent yesterday when frank replied to a similar question on opensuse news. :)

icons/user_comment.png J. B. wrote: (3 years ago)

Opensuse app-store starts to take shape, looking good for opensuse 11.4:


icons/user_comment.png K. K. wrote: (3 years ago)

I proposed to look at this idea into GSOC ideas wiki page . We are looking for mentors so if anyone wants to help, please add your name in the wiki page (http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:GSOC_2011_Ideas )

icons/user_comment.png J. B. wrote: (3 years ago)

does this mean we won't see it in 11.4, or are you suggesting a GSOC project to expand the scope of Bretzn, eg commercial payment options, etc?

icons/user_comment.png A. B. wrote: (3 years ago)

Bretzn is not in 11.4 as far as I know.

icons/user_comment.png J. B. wrote: (3 years ago)

thank you. :(

icons/user_comment.png M. C. wrote: (3 years ago)

Bretzn / AppStream is targeting to a November release. You can see the estimated timeline at:

It's sad to have to wait so long but hey, they're doing it ;)

icons/user_comment.png J. B. wrote: (3 years ago)

many thanks.

icons/user_comment.png J. B. wrote: (2 years ago)

is there anything to actually see on that page?

i cannot see any kind of schedule at all.............

icons/user_comment.png M. C. wrote: (2 years ago)

well, i think they had some problems with spam and when they locked the pages the schedule was gone. You can see it here:


and if you want you can also follow Alex Eftimie's work. He is a (Google Summer of Code (GSOC) student that is also working on the Appstream project. Here are 2 links that you may like:
His Blog about GSOC:


And His Calendar:


hope i've been of any help ;)

icons/user_comment.png J. B. wrote: (2 years ago)

massively. thank you.

icons/user_comment.png C. W. wrote: (2 years ago)

I think this is a nice idea but please, don't replace YaST with it. I think, it would be great to have both. I like YaST the way it is. It provides a lot of features which are useful if you're searching for new software.

Perhaps Bretzn could replace (in KDE) KPackageKit.

icons/user_comment.png M. C. wrote: (2 years ago)

I think this should be marked as a duplicate of: https://features.opensuse.org/312468

icons/user_comment.png J. B. wrote: (2 years ago)

jos has put out a request for assistance on this feature, here's hoping it can still make 12.1:


icons/user_comment.png J. B. wrote: (2 years ago)

does the delay of 12.1 beta by two weeks improve the odds of bretzn making the cut?

icons/user_comment.png J. B. wrote: (2 years ago)

henne is listed a 'running' this feature on the 12.2 major features page, and he has said there is a team seeking to implement both kde and gnome front-ends to the appstream app store in time for 12.2.


icons/user_comment.png 6. R. wrote: (2 years ago)

Something like this will go a long way towards helping opensuse win over more users. It depends, though, on how well it's integrated with zypper and how well it handles conflicts without giving confusing or unactionable errors to the user.

icons/user_comment.png J. B. wrote: (22 months ago)

GSOC report on App Centre from Matthias Klump:
two questions:

1. do these packagekit changes affect Bretzn, or just the Gnomified App-Centre?
2. what does this (unstable packagekit) and opensuse delay (Sept) mean for app-stores in 12.2?

icons/user_comment.png J. B. wrote: (21 months ago)
icons/user_comment.png J. B. wrote: (20 months ago)

and another:

looking forward to his pens-down update - hopefully elaborate on how this impacts on opensuse 12.2.........

icons/user_comment.png J. B. wrote: (20 months ago)

there is lots of talk on the factory mailing list of throwing apper overboard - do they consider the impact on the proposed app-stores here when they make such suggestions?

icons/user_comment.png J. B. wrote: (20 months ago)

Request for an update:
Matthias GSOC project is now complete and seems to have been a great success:
The Project Bretzn app-store was for a long time listed on the "major features" wiki page for 12.2, but is no longer:

So, will there be an app-store in 12.2 or not? :)

icons/user_comment.png J. B. wrote: (20 months ago)

henne was running an appstream integration project for opensuse here:

but no activity listed since late april.

icons/user_comment.png p. o. wrote: (20 months ago)

And the AppStore will be coming with a qt frontend only or a gtk frontend is plan ?

icons/user_comment.png J. B. wrote: (20 months ago)

It’s coming in the near future: http://blog.tenstral.net/2012/08/appstream-for-apper.html . http://blog.tenstral.net/2012/08/gsoc-appstream-final-report.html. I don’t think the Brezn UI for KDE we hacked on will be picked up, nobody cared for it in the mean time. But I would like to include the OCS components of the Brezn project and the GSoC student worked on Apper integration.

icons/user_comment.png J. B. wrote: (16 months ago)

So opensuse, what is happening with an Opensuse based app-store:


icons/user_comment.png M. C. wrote: (6 months ago)

Everything seems so quiet. Time goes by and no news are seen in this area.
It's sad that such a key-feature is still lacking on such a great distro...
(A few alternatives:
"Software" - for Gnome
"Bodega" - For KDE (currently being developed)
"Apper" - KDE
"Listaller" - Not exactly an AppStore but it's a very promising project you should keep an eye on as well (Unfortunately it's kind of on hold as well))

Does anyone have any news, about Appstream integration?

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