why some software appear on the "add/remove" dialog, while some other only show on synaptic ?

Asked by Wladston Viana on 2007-11-16

I always wanted to know that! And what is the selection criteria ?

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Jim Hutchinson
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2008-01-17
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Jim Hutchinson (jphutch) said : #1

As best as I can tell, the add/remove tool gives new Linux users a simple interface to add some of the most common/popular packages. I don't know that everything there is popular and I'm sure some popular packages are left off. Synaptic should give you access to everything available - including all the libs that make no sense to most people. Add/remove just gives new users a potentially more familiar environment for adding commonly asked for packages. Don't forget to change the "show" menu to "all available" to get the widest selection.

Wladston Viana (wladston) said : #2

Jim,

I'm actually asking that because a very popular package, checkgmail, is left off that list. It's not a weird library - it's the best program for getting gmail notifications on gnome, imho. And it's left out, one can only install it via apt-get on synaptic.

They include the KDE version, kcheckgmail, but not the original checkgmail one.

So I just wanted to know who decide what goes in, and why, so I can suggest that they add checkgmail to the list.

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That's because Add/Remove shows only software in main and restricted repositories.

Wladston Viana (wladston) said : #10

Andrea,

Even when I select to show "All available applications", it doesn't get listed on.

Jim Hutchinson (jphutch) said : #11

Add/remove only shows a subset of all available apps. To see them all (at least all for the repositories you have enabled) use Synaptic (system-admin). To add more repositories check https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Repositories. Be sure you only add "safe" ones.

Wladston Viana (wladston) said : #12

Jim,

Thanks for your answer. Yes, I know that only a subset is shown, and that there are other ways to add the ones that don't show.

What I'm asking is :

1. Who decides what shows and what doessn't shows
2. What are the criteria to decide what shows and what doesn't

Best Jim Hutchinson (jphutch) said : #13

I've never seen anything that explained that. I think it has to do with popularity. Other than that, I don't know. Sorry. You might have to try and ask the developers as they are probably the ones making those decisions. Try asking on the #ubuntu channel in IRC. Someone there might know.

Wladston Viana (wladston) said : #14

Thanks Jim Hutchinson, that solved my question.