Cut the crap and give control

Asked by Ali Servet Donmez on 2010-02-02


here's what that awkward summary is trying to say: I believe Ubuntu Tweak has real potential after all as an alternative to default "Add/Remove Programs" application with lots of goodies as bonus. But there's this one *little* thing I'm gonna mention that, I believe, is giving the worst end-user experience _ever_ in a software product with lots of love and passion throwed in.

Simpy put, my argument is as follows: there shouldn't be absolutely no reason to the two step enable&install process for third party applications. I believe end-user (eventhough I'm a pretty skilled user, I love to pretend to be an average end-user when it comes to daily computer usage) shouldn't select and/or enable to third party repositories at all!

The way I see it when I choose to install, whatever application that is, Ubuntu Tweak is there to pick me the best repository available for a given (supported) GNU/Linux distribution, enable it, refresh my package definitions and trigger the installation process right after. Someday if, and only if, a previously enabled repo goes down and/or a better PPA is available Ubuntu Tweak should switch from one to another under the hood without even letting me notice that, because when it comes to end-user experience --here mark my words-- I don't really actually don't care *at all* where it does come from unless I trust Ubuntu Tweak and UTCOM community around it.

To cut a broader discussion to short, also 1) PPA signatures should be added automagically; 2) I see no use of Source Editor or putting repo sources to separate files (in case you're not a geek), therefore a single utcom.list should suffice.

Keep up the good work!

My best sincere regards,
Ali Servet Donmez

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Ding Zhou (tualatrix) said : #1


Many thanks for your advices.

You're right, to the end-user, there should only be one step to install applications, and keep them always up-to-date if the user need updates. That's the ultimate goal of Ubuntu Tweak.

To achieve the goal, there's a lot of work to be done. I will keep Ubuntu Tweak to easy to use!

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