One of the new features planned for the upcoming Linux Mint 6 “Felicia” is the ability to browse the Software Portal (http://www.linuxmint.com/software) and to install applications directly from the desktop. This feature is now ready and we’d like you to give us a hand in testing it.
We extended the scope of mintInstall and we developed a new frontend which downloads all the relevant data from the Software Portal so you can browse applications and install them without having to use the portal at all. We also defined how the portal and the frontend communicate with each others and formalized the data structure in XML. The frontend itself supports multiple portals (we’ll be talking to tuxsoftware.com for instance, hopefully getdeb.net too, and we’ll eventually publish documentation about this) so although you can only use it to browse the Linux Mint Software Portal right now, it’s only a matter of time before others portals become available.
Here’s a screenshot:
MintInstall 5 is available in Romeo. If you don’t have Romeo enabled you can get the debs from here:
Let us know what you think, report any bug you may find and have a lot of fun with this brand new mintInstall.
To translate mintInstall 5 into your own language, use this forum thread: http://www.linuxmint.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=16242
Note: There was a lot I wanted to say about this but I’ll save it for the release notes. KDE CE is coming out soon, I need to work on x64 and there are still major developments I want to get done before Mint 6 (an upgrade tool for instance). To keep it short, MintInstall 5 is one of the new features planned for Mint 6 but it will also become available as an upgrade for Mint 5. It will stay in Romeo until we’re happy to consider it stable.. so we’re waiting on your feedback 🙂
- 5.0: Initial release