Bug 16993 - 0.2.3 UI leaves me lost
Summary: 0.2.3 UI leaves me lost
Alias: None
Product: PackageKit
Classification: Unclassified
Component: core (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All All
: medium normal
Assignee: Richard Hughes
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Reported: 2008-08-05 05:48 UTC by Randall Wood
Modified: 2008-09-26 08:08 UTC (History)
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Description Randall Wood 2008-08-05 05:48:41 UTC
I can not tell what the apply button is going to do. Instead of apply, it needs to say "Install", "Remove" or whatever the action is going to be.

Why are certain packages preselected? And why is there no action I can take on the preselected packages?

The information tabs are gone. Where do I get the information I'm looking for (oh wait, its in a menu that requires two clicks to get the information and which provides me with a blocking window)? Although the tabs had some problems, this UI is IMO worse. A better fix for the tabs would have been to do something to read in all the information on the package at once and to retain it.
Comment 1 Richard Hughes 2008-08-06 02:21:12 UTC
>Instead of apply, it needs to say "Install", "Remove"

I had this originally, and people complained that they could not "find" the other button. Maybe threee buttons might be the best way, with the 'other' button greyed out.

>Why are certain packages preselected?

They are the packages already installed

>Where do I get the information I'm looking for

What information? If you click on the package, you should get the common data coming up at the bottom of the screen. You also didn't specify what distro you are using or the version of PackageKit you have installed.
Comment 2 Randall Wood 2008-08-06 04:16:12 UTC
Fedora 9 with PackageKit 0.2.3 (as in bug summary)

The information I was looking for was in earlier versions of PackageKit in the tabs labelled (if I recall correctly) "Description", "File list", "Required by", "Requires" with the "Homepage" button if that information was known.

I can't do anything obvious with the pre-selected packages, other than wipe them off my system, but the apply button is inoperable with the pre-selection, so why bother? 
Comment 3 Richard Hughes 2008-09-26 08:08:38 UTC
I've tested the UI on 3 people who have never used PackageKit before, and only one person needed to refer to the docs. Closing.

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