Monday, 10 October 2016

Re: Keep or remove software-center?

I'd say we should remove it, especially because we really don't want
anyone stumbling on to using it at this point.

$ reverse-depends src:software-center
* mythbuntu-desktop [powerpc] (for software-center) - looks like an
old depends as mythbuntu doesn't appear to do powerpc builds anymore
* oneconf (for software-center) - for syncing
package lists in software center, also a candidate to be removed?

* ti-omap4-software-channel (for software-center) - Hasn't been
updated since initial release in 2011, not sure if it's still needed.
- It actually is a desktop file that installs this outdated PPA -
It also appears to hardcode the maverick release. I think we can
definitely drop this..

Packages without architectures listed are reverse-dependencies in:
amd64, arm64, armhf, i386, powerpc, ppc64el, s390x
bryan@desktop:~$ reverse-depends -b src:software-center
No reverse dependencies found

Kind regards,

On Mon, Oct 10, 2016 at 9:38 AM, Barry Warsaw <> wrote:
> On Oct 10, 2016, at 03:15 PM, Martin Pitt wrote:
>>I just noticed that we still have software-center in yakkety. It
>>hasn't been maintained for several cycles, we never found anyone who
>>wanted to port it to Python 3, the desktop team moved to
>>gnome-software a while ago, and it isn't shipped on any image/flavor.
>>Is there still some reason to keep it, or someone who wants to
>>maintain it in Ubuntu? If not, I think we should remove it.
>>(This doesn't prevent it from reentering Ubuntu in a later release, of
> We decided to drop it many cycles ago, which is why it's not seen any
> significant development in a long while. I used to track its removal
> (i.e. occasionally remember to ping ;) but I pretty much assumed it was going
> away once the switch to g-s was complete.
> I'd vote for removing it as soon as possible from Zazzy Zorilla. There are a
> couple of revdeps and revrecs and it's not worth chasing down any unintended
> fallout this close to the Yakkety release.
> Cheers,
> -Barry
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