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Is it possible to install "advanced" packages from gnome-software (Fedora 20 App installer)?

asked 2014-01-04 04:45:35 -0500

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Is it possible to install "advanced" packages from gnome-software (Fedora 20 App installer)?

By advanced packages I mean things like gcc or texlive, etc.

Fedora 20 Software doesn't seem to find them. yum is a workaround but is inconvenient.

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answered 2014-01-04 05:03:14 -0500

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No. Gnome-software only lets you install GUI applications. It does not yet provide a method to install cli or as you call them, "advanced" packages. At the moment, gnome-software only lists packages with a desktop file, which covers packages that provide GUIs.

The target audience of gnome-software is "end-user that use the GUI" currently. Such users do not generally require development tools such as gcc from the command line, or terminal utilities. Having said that, providing a method to install terminal based applications has been discussed (on the fedora devel or desktop lists I think) and upstream has referred to the software designers for a solution. I hope there will be one in the future, but as things stand, gnome-software is only for GUI applications.

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Ok, Another version, another stone along the road. In Ubuntu these advances packages are hidden by default by shown upon activation of an option in the Software Installer window.

alfC gravatar imagealfC ( 2014-01-04 05:15:31 -0500 )edit

Yeah. That might be the way they go too, but it's too early to tell at the moment.

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2014-01-04 06:46:38 -0500 )edit

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