QApt/Muon Suite 1.1 Beta released

As promised, this weekend I am proud to present QApt and Muon 1.1 Beta. Most of the major changes can be found in the 1.1 alpha release announcement. But, of course, the major feature for version 1.1 of the Suite is the new Muon Software Center, which you can read all about here.

Prerelease packages are available for both the development version of Kubuntu 11.04 via standard means, and for Kubuntu 10.10 via the QApt PPA. Please test them so that the 1.1 release can be great!

The Muon Software Center can be installed by installing the “muon-installer” package, or by clicking here, as long as the PPA is already added and you’ve checked for updates.


Here is a detailed changelog of what has happened since 1.1 alpha:

QApt 1.0.80


  • Added a new QApt::History class. It provides an interface to the APT history    log(s). It provides a list of all entries in the logs, with each entry providing    a start date, a list of packages acted upon as well as any errors that may have    occurred during the transaction.


  • Update authorization code to work with Polkit-Qt-1 0.98.1 and above.  (Affects users of KDE 4.6) An API break in Polkit-Qt-1 caused the QApt Worker to crash whenever it tried to run a command that needed authorization. Support for Polkit-Qt-1 versions older than 0.98 is still present.


Muon Suite 1.0.80



  • Added a common history log viewer to libmuon.


  • Fix a bug with the new DownloadModel where items from previous downloads would remain if the user cancelled the download.

Muon Package Manager


  • Avoid a l10n reverse-lookup for package status by using the UserRoles available to us in QStandardItem to store the QApt::Package::State, and emitting this state when passing it to the PackageView



5 Responses to QApt/Muon Suite 1.1 Beta released

  1. manolin says:

    Please, merge this software with KPackageKit, do not waste your time.

  2. Stephan Goosen says:

    As a long time Kubuntu user, I just have to commend you on a job well done. Loving Muon Package Management Suite so far!

    // Insert wishfull babble. Feel free to ignore.

    I just wish there was a way to combine a synaptic-like package manager (to manage packages) with an Ubuntu Software Center (to manage programs), so that both could be done elegantly from the same GUI.

    But alas, I guess that including libraries in search result would kind of destroy the whole point of a seperate GUI to manage programs.

    Unless… Would it be possible to group the libraries under the programs that use them?

    For example: Typing “Game” into the Muon Software Center gives me the the following results:

    – Game Conqueror
    – Spring
    – Teeworlds

    Then clicking on Spring would expand it into:

    – Game Conqueror
    – Spring
    — libboost-program-options1.42.0
    — libboost-regex1.42.0
    — libboost-signals1.42.0
    — otf-freefont
    – Teeworlds

    // End of wishful babble

    There is however one suggestion that I would like to make. I have noticed that the searching is blazingly quick, except when I search for a package that starts with “lib”. It always freezes for a few seconds, before letting me type the next letter. Naturally, its because of the enormous volume of packages that start with lib in their name.

    But seeing as its practically impossible to find a specific library by searching for lib alone, do you think you could alter Muon so that if the first three letters are “lib” it will wait until another character or two is entered before it starts searching for packages.

    Sorry, if the post seemed a little ignorant, that’s only because I am ignorant. Keep up the good work!

    • yman says:

      Ubuntu Software Center does aim to manage all types of packages, not just applications. By default in 10.10 it hides the non-application packages. To show them, click on the “# technical items hidden” text on the status bar. USC doesn’t aim to manage updates, though it does allow you to update packages one by one using the same method as for installation. Ultimately, USC aims to implement pretty much everything that Synaptic does, though it will obviously take time until it gets there.

  3. tetrks4 says:

    Hello and congrats for this attempt!
    I was just wondering if there is a way to get Muon under Debian. Am using aptosid here and can’t seem to find a way to install it. Any instructions/guidethroughs?

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