After two weeks I’ve got another update on the add-on metadata initiative. The last update was not overly positive, but no one else participated during the Christmas break. After people returned from the holidays, there was a bit of breakthrough.

First people updated information in the table and we identified add-ons that had been obsoleted and thus it doesn’t make sense to include them in the app catalog.

Quite a few add-ons got their metadata files, so they should now appear in Software. For instance, all LibreOffice extensions that are packaged in Fedora repositories (kudos to David Tardon). Or additional Evolution plugins (kudos to Milan Crha). Last time, I mentioned that the maintainer of thunderbird-enigmail had refused to include AppStream metadata even though the file had been provided. This has also been solved (kudos to Christian Dersch and Stephen Gallagher) and now all Thunderbird extensions in Fedora repositories should be covered.

I and KDE guys in my team have also discussed organizing a hackfest during where we would focus on app and add-on metadata for KDE applications because those are still not fully covered. Add-ons not at all.

And you can also participate if you have a bit of time (writing a metadata file really requires very little time). The job is far from done. And it will help make Fedora more user friendly again.