Ivor O’Connor

December 26, 2012

Linux Mint 14 XFCE Software Manager Badly Designed

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 7:14 pm

It is too slow and there is no reason for this. It’s badly designed.

Currently if you select this, “Applicatons Menu==>System==>Software Manager”, nothing happens for what seems like 20 seconds!!! Enough time for the user to think “WTF, did it crash before it even launched”. Or “did it launch and is in the background”? Enough time for me to search for it and open up other windows to start diagnosing the problem before it suddenly pops up and says it is reading files.

This whole problem could be fixed by having the software pop-up with a box so the user knows he actually did select the software manager and isn’t going crazy.

2013-01-09 UPDATE: I’m patiently waiting for the Software Manager’s Search Results. I think it is broken. I have done a fresh install. A couple of them since I commented here. To fix other things. Yet one of the CPUs is pegged at 100% waiting for mintinstall and taking 599MBs. This is one package that should be avoided. I’ll use synaptic and apt-get from now on. Had to kill -9 the monstrosity.

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