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Re: ANN: GNUstep Software Index is up and running


From: address@hidden
Subject: Re: ANN: GNUstep Software Index is up and running
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2008 08:37:54 -0700 (PDT)
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On 13 Jun., 10:54, "address@hidden" <address@hidden> wrote:
> Hi all,
> after some experimentation, a new tool is up and running on the
> GNUstep server to improve the user's experience of GNUstep:
>
> http://www.gnustep.org/softwareindex/
>
> The idea behind is to have a complete and easily maintained repository
> of GNUstep based applications.
>
> It is NOT thought to replace any home page of applications, the Wiki
> entries etc. because these can give much more individual information
> than just an index. It is like a directory - you get enough
> information to go to the individual self-presentation.
>
> Therefore, it does not store any code but allows to save links where
> users can then download.
>
> Please note that we have a top10 index to see which pages are popular.
>
> And, there is a hidden link which produces an XML property list of the
> full database. This could become the basis for a GNUstep software
> update manager, although it might be incompatible with the package
> manager concepts of Linux distributions, where GNUstep is and should
> remain included.
>
> The link is:
>
> http://www.gnustep.org/softwareindex/plist.php
>
> You can also use RSS to receive update notifications:
>
> http://www.gnustep.org/softwareindex/rss.php
>
> Now, to the data base itself. Each application (or framework or
> whatever we want to put in) has a unique index. Updates that are
> submitted (i.e. new versions) are automatically linked, so that it
> becomes an archive of the "release" history.
>
> Anyone can submit new entries or request changes to existing entries
> (i.e. if there are broken URLs, typos etc.). Just go to the Edit
> function and request the change.
>
> There are registered users with additional privileges. The highest
> level is a "manager". A manager can look into the change requests and
> approve/reject them individually. "standard" users can add comments
> and track application updates (not only through RSS but by e-mail).
>
> Finally some more comments:
> * the origin of this database is in killefiz.de (which was very
> popular for the Sharp Zaurus)
> * it resembles a little the principles of versiontracker.com or
> macupdates.com
> * it is open source
> * it uses php / mysql
> * it is open for changes by the managers of the GNUstep home page
> * if you need something changed in the system (not the content),
> please contact me (or write it here)
>
> Now comes your part:
>
> Applications do not come into the database by magic. So, if you are
> the maintainer of any GNUstep related application or framework, please
> add it to the database. Today. And add any updates, tomorrow.
>
> Happy working,
> Nikolaus

I have fixed 2 or 3 software bugs and now the plist.php script is
working (again).

And, I have added some projects from announcements I have found in
this list.

PLEASE, PLEASE help to make this tool a lively and globally complete
database by sumbitting your latest news and change requests!

Nikolaus


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