Muon Suite 1.4 alpha released

This is coming about two weeks later than I would have liked, so the next pre-release is likely to come in two weeks to make up. Similarly, the monthly bugfix release for Muon Suite 1.3 is two weeks late. For that, I’ll likely just skip this month and release 1.3.2 in two weeks, as there haven’t been any serious bugs that need immediate attention. (Thankfully)

Anyways, I am proud to announce the first alpha release for Muon Suite 1.4. The Muon Suite is a set of package management utilities for Debian-based Linux distributions built on KDE technologies. Packages for Kubuntu 12.04 “Precise Pangolin” are available in the QApt Experimental PPA. Here’s what’s new:

Muon Discover

Muon Discover is the experimental new frontend in the Muon Suite. It was written by Aleix Pol Gonzalez as part of his employment at Blue Systems, and it’s pretty nifty. You can read more about it here.The idea is to create a Muon frontend that makes finding new software super-simple, and doing so with a little bit of flair. It’s no secret, that even though the existing Muon Software Center has some “bling” here and there, the interface is somewhat spartan.

Muon Discover will eventually replace the Muon Software Center, but not just yet. Muon Discover is young, and its interface is written entirely in QML. KDE has not issued a set of comprehensive UI guidelines for QML usage on the desktop, and currently Muon Discover is using the Plasma QML components for several of the controls in its interface. While we wait for a set of guidelines, the classic Muon Software Center will remain the default application installer, allowing Muon Discover to mature in the process. The QML Desktop Components (slated for release sometime around Qt 5.1 or 5.2, or so I have heard rumored) and KDE Frameworks 5 will likely be a big part of KDE’s QML standardization, so expect Muon Discover to replace the Muon Software Center in around that time period.

Muon Software Center

With all the buzz around Muon Discover, you may think that nothing has been done with the Muon Software Center. Well, never fear, as there are several cool new features and user experience improvements that have been made for Muon Suite 1.4.

  • Thanks to work done by Aleix, the Muon Software Center no longer has to reset the view back to the main page when it reloads the APT cache. This provides for a much smoother experience whilst installing multiple applications.
  • A progress view has been added for displaying currently running and pending transaction.
  • All Muon frontends now use the KDE proxy, if set. (Before it only used the system proxy and APT proxy settings) Priority goes: KDE proxy, APT proxy, system proxy.
  • Additional pages of application reviews can be fetched now.
  • A busy throbber has been added to the main page to provide feedback during launch.
  • Application views can now be sorted by Name, Rating, Buzz and search relevancy.
  • By popular request, non-application packages can be toggled for application views. (Though you’re still probably better off using the Muon Package Manager for package management.)
  • Ratings are cached locally so they can be accessed in the absence of an internet connection.

Muon Package Manager

The Muon Package Manager has not been forgotten, either. Highlights for the 1.4 release mainly include tools for better handling Multi-Arch packages on 64-bit systems.

  • By default, when a package is available for both the native and foreign CPU architectures, only the native package is shown. Installed packages of any architecture are shown. This means no more duplication of most every single package in the archive polluting the Muon package view. :P
  • A new architecture filter has been added, allowing you to filter packages by their architecture.
  • The new Debian package categories “Education” and “Introspection” have been added to Muon’s category filters.
  • A package’s archive component is now displayed in the technical details tab. (E.g. universe, main for Ubuntu packages)

Muon Update Manager

  • Technical package items in the “System Updates” category are now displayed by their package name, as the description is not always descriptive enough.

Changelogs

Detailed changelogs for LibQApt and Muon can be found here and here, respectively.

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17 Responses to Muon Suite 1.4 alpha released

  1. […] developer, Jonathan Thomas, has announced the first alpha release of Muon Suite 1.4, the software manager for Kubuntu. The Muon Suite is a set of package management utilities for […]

  2. labatts says:

    Wow, this is all very impressive. Keep up the good work!

  3. Alex Lowe says:

    Where do bug reports for the PPA go? As of right now, it appears that muon-discover and muon-installer are mutually exclusive of the rest of muon because of file conflicts. From a clean install (anything to do with muon or qapt removed), I get the following:

    $ sudo apt-get install muon muon-installer
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    The following extra packages will be installed:
    libmuonprivate1 libqapt-runtime libqapt1 muon-notifier muon-updater qapt-batch software-properties-kde
    The following NEW packages will be installed:
    libmuonprivate1 libqapt-runtime libqapt1 muon muon-installer muon-notifier muon-updater qapt-batch software-properties-kde
    0 upgraded, 9 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    Need to get 22,2 kB/894 kB of archives.
    [snip]
    Unpacking muon-installer (from …/muon-installer_1.3.65-0ubuntu1~precise1_amd64.deb) …
    dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/muon-installer_1.3.65-0ubuntu1~precise1_amd64.deb (–unpack):
    trying to overwrite ‘/usr/share/kde4/apps/muon-installer/categories.xml’, which is also in package libmuonprivate1 1.3.65-0ubuntu1~precise1
    [snip]
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    /var/cache/apt/archives/muon-installer_1.3.65-0ubuntu1~precise1_amd64.deb
    E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

    Doing a force install of muon-installer (using dpkg’s force-all option) and apt-get -f install makes it work fine (both apps run properly, as I would expect).

    Muon-discover is exclusive only because of a png file.

    $ sudo apt-get install muon-discover
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    The following NEW packages will be installed:
    muon-discover
    0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    [snip]
    dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/muon-discover_1.3.65-0ubuntu1~precise1_amd64.deb (–unpack):
    trying to overwrite ‘/usr/share/icons/hicolor/48×48/apps/muondiscover.png’, which is also in package muon 1.3.65-0ubuntu1~precise1
    [snip]
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    /var/cache/apt/archives/muon-discover_1.3.65-0ubuntu1~precise1_amd64.deb
    E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

    A force-overwrite and apt-get -f install makes all three work wonderfully.

    • Sending them to my personal email is fine. (It can be found in the About dialog of any of the Muon Suite apps.)
      I’m working on fixes as we speak. :)

      • avlas says:

        still problems to install muon-installer and muon-discover, it seems something related to libmuonprivate1 this time…

  4. Bonn says:

    Impressive, I love how Muon is being improved!

    Only one small question:
    The Muon Package Manager never remembers what filter I used the last time Muon was used (unlike the old Synaptic) and I consider it very annoying every time I start the program click in the right filters to start find what I wanted… but I didn’t reported it because I don’t know if the developer could consider it a bug or a “feature”… what can you say about it? :-)

    I hope you can keep up the good work!

  5. Kimiko says:

    It looks like Muon is really becoming a serious alternative :) Keep up the great work!

    One thing I’d like to see is a shortening of the ‘Installed’ and ‘Changes’ columns to icons or checkmarks. They take up a lot of space now that would be nice to use for more text.

  6. Mitch Golden says:

    I too am having issues getting it installed from the kubuntu ppa. I will wait until I see the conflicts go away before testing.

    If I can use this moment to ask for a feature:

    Is it possible to show which repository a package will be installed from in the updater? Even better: is it possible to tell which repository a package came from if it is already installed?

  7. […] since alpha include assorted bugfixes within Muon Discover, as well as a few new features. The primary feature […]

  8. […] since alpha include assorted bugfixes within Muon Discover, as well as a few new features. The primary feature […]

  9. I have installed both and does not work (Don’t start)
    :~$ muon-discover
    muon-discover: symbol lookup error: muon-discover: undefined symbol: _ZN13CategoryModel16staticMetaObjectE

    If I try to run muon I get:
    :~$ muon
    QDBusConnection: session D-Bus connection created before QCoreApplication. Application may misbehave.
    QDBusConnection: session D-Bus connection created before QCoreApplication. Application may misbehave.
    jose@JosePC:~$ muon: symbol lookup error: muon: undefined symbol: _ZNK11MuonStrings10archStringERK7QString

    Any clue? Now I can’t install anything using muon, thanks!

  10. By the way I have installed both using PPA

  11. Version: 1.3.1-0ubuntu2 (I have found it)

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