View Full Version : Propensity - feedback wanted

September 2nd, 2007, 05:39 AM
UPDATE on page 1 (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=3375556#post3375556)

I have been using ubuntu for quite some time, and I have ubuntu installed on 20+ computers at one time. I find myself always installing ubuntu on a different computer. One of the things that I always do is install some programs that don’t come stock with ubuntu like geany (http://geany.uvena.de/), or miro (http://www.getmiro.com/). At first I had a simple shell script that I ran that aptituded (http://aptitude.sourceforge.net/) (lol) all the programs I wanted to install. But soon that was not enough because different computers had different uses and installing miro (http://www.getmiro.com/) or gaim guifications (http://plugins.guifications.org/trac/wiki/Guifications)on a work computer, or a computer that will be going back to a client is out of the question. Another thing I wanted was to updated the source.list file with new repositories cleanly. And so eventually that shell script involved into a python program.
I have spent a bit of my summer cleaning up that python program and the result is propensity (I looked for synonyms for aptitude (http://aptitude.sourceforge.net/)) and now I figure its almost ready to be released into the public. I have uploaded both a deb file (http://www.edwardandrewrobinson.com/propensity- and the source (http://www.edwardandrewrobinson.com/propensity.tar.gz) to my website (http://www.edwardandrewrobinson.com/), and would love some feedback.
Some features that I would like to add before I release it are:
I would like propensity to generate a standalone shell script that could be used to standalone install the package
Splash screenTo sum up you can get the deb file here (http://www.edwardandrewrobinson.com/propensity-, and the source here (http://www.edwardandrewrobinson.com/propensity.tar.gz). Thanks for any feedback you have.

(This was cut and paste from my blog (http://earobinson.wordpress.com/))

Update 01: Click here for screenshot (http://earobinson.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/screenshot-propensity.png)
Update 02: I have been dugg (http://digg.com/linux_unix/Propensity_for_Ubuntu_feedback_wanted).

September 2nd, 2007, 09:56 PM
I Installed the program, and it looks great. It could use a little bit more polish though. I'll grab the source and see what I can help improve.


September 2nd, 2007, 09:59 PM
Thanks for the feedback, I know it could use a lot more polish, Its something of a work that just evolved into existence and for personal use I dont really need icons and message boxes and the like, so I spent a good part of the summer adding some in and will try to add more as development progresses.

Thanks for the feedback.

September 2nd, 2007, 11:59 PM
Voted "good".

Good idea- especially like the idea of exporting to a bash script. Could use a bit of a pretty-up.

Don't do a splash-screen though! I don't think it's required here...

September 3rd, 2007, 06:11 AM
Voted "good".

Good idea- especially like the idea of exporting to a bash script. Could use a bit of a pretty-up.

Don't do a splash-screen though! I don't think it's required here...
No splash screen, the load time is quite a bit, as for prettying up Im very open to ideas / icon suggestions. I really want to be able to export to bash scripts for to reasons, 1 well users could acheave the same result without propensity. 2 To help teach users about whats propensity dose so they can learn more about how linux works. Also any suggestions for programs to use would be great!

September 4th, 2007, 08:53 PM
Can anyone answer this question? http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=366720

September 16th, 2007, 08:03 PM
It has been about a week since I released Propensity into the wild (http://earobinson.wordpress.com/2007/09/02/propensity-feedback-wanted/) for your feedback (http://earobinson.wordpress.com/2007/09/02/propensity-feedback-wanted/#respond), I have gotten a fair bit of feedback and received a lot of help. You will also notice that I jumped from version to well version 0.1.1.xxxx was released as a limited demo but I have pushed forward to release version New to this version we have:

The ability to add your own programs to propensity (you can import them or manually add them)
A Propensity Icon
Cleaned up and much prettier terminal
And many other little features. As always feedback is wanted and bugs can be emailed to earobinson+propensity@gmail.com.

Download Propensity Here (http://www.edwardandrewrobinson.com-a.googlepages.com/propensity-
Download Propensity Source Here (http://www.edwardandrewrobinson.com-a.googlepages.com/propensity.tar.gz)

Ubuntu forums propensity post can be found here (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=540787&highlight=propensity)

Screenshots (http://picasaweb.google.com/earobinson/Propensity) below
http://lh4.google.com/earobinson/RuiSR5xINmI/AAAAAAAAAVE/Mxh3StbyV9g/s400/PropensityIcon.jpg (http://picasaweb.google.com/earobinson/Propensity/photo#5109494613514139234) From Propensity (http://picasaweb.google.com/earobinson/Propensity)

http://lh6.google.com/earobinson/RuiSMZxINdI/AAAAAAAAATY/bcPpEcFQCh0/s400/Screenshot-Changes%20Applied-1.jpg (http://picasaweb.google.com/earobinson/Propensity/photo#5109494519024858578) From Propensity (http://picasaweb.google.com/earobinson/Propensity)

http://lh3.google.com/earobinson/RuiSNpxINfI/AAAAAAAAATw/8fgQoACqtGg/s400/Screenshot-Propensity-1.jpg (http://picasaweb.google.com/earobinson/Propensity/photo#5109494540499695090) From Propensity (http://picasaweb.google.com/earobinson/Propensity)

This blog post can be found here (http://earobinson.wordpress.com/2007/09/17/propensity-v0121906-now-with-an-icon/)

September 17th, 2007, 04:09 PM
Having huge problems with my blog right now, if a links broken, let me know.

September 17th, 2007, 04:34 PM
Sounds cool, but it looks an awful lot like EasyUbuntu or Automatix. Are you going to add any features that set it apart?

September 17th, 2007, 04:36 PM
In gutsy you could install these programs and add the repositories using a simple html file using apturl (http://packages.ubuntu.com/gutsy/admin/apturl).

Try it here if you are on gutsy: install ttb (apt:ttb)