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Re: [Synaptic-devel] Synaptic .5

From: Patrick Cornelißen
Subject: Re: [Synaptic-devel] Synaptic .5
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2004 18:39:14 +0200
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Michael Vogt wrote:

| Right, this is a valid point. I added sorting capability for the
| status of the packages to my development version of synaptic. This way
| you can click on the "status" column and the list is sorted by "New,
| Upgradable, Installed, Not installed". Is this sufficient for you to
| browse the sections with not installed software? If so, I'll add it to
| the next release (to be released pretty soon with small fixes and
| translation updates).
I think this should do the trick.
The problem with the current way is that you have to look if the current
package is installed if you browse through the repository.
I do this from time to time to try some packages, so your sorting should
solve this, because the not installed software is grouped and it's
easier to see if you encounter a larger group of different icons ;-)

| Please help me to exactly understand what you are missing. What
| information that used to be in the tabs are you looking for and in
| what way did it help you?
I used it for example to browse through the dependencies of broken
packages. I just activated the dependencies tab (or the common tab) and
browsed through the packages. So I got a pretty quick impression what's
Now I have to click on each package and select the property menu item,
... - not very good for quick browsing.

I think it's the best for the usability, if you reintegrate the
properties dialog in the description area with it's tabs.
(As it was in the last .4x versions)

Or maybe you can make it configurable if the current way of just showing
the description has massive advantages (speed maybe?) But I don't see
the advantage for the user there.

| We don't want synaptic to be less usefull than it was before. We just
| want to make it easier (and faster) :) So, please tell me more about
| how you use synpatic and how we can make it as usefull to you as it
| was before.
Thanks. I hope I was verbose enough to express what I'm thinking of. I
suppose you're german, so we can talk in german (off-list) if there are
still problems. Sometimes I have a very experimental english ;-)

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