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Revision as of 10:53, 12 August 2009 by Rhughes (talk | contribs) (now works with webkit)

PackageKit Browser Plugin


The PackageKit browser plugin allows people browsing online to install missing applications.


Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora12
  • Last updated: 2009-07-16
  • Percentage of completion: 95%

Detailed Description

The PackageKit-browser-plugin package installs a browser plugin that can be used to install specified software.

Benefit to Fedora

This feature will add the facility to install packages from websites, in a secure way, rather than telling users to run various yum commands as the root user or describing how to use the PackageKit tools.


This is a very small change in comps, so that the PackageKit-browser-plugin package gets included in the default package set.

How To Test

This plugin in rawhide does not yet work correctly with WebKit based browsers such as midori. It's fixed in git master thanks to stransky (#516749)

User Experience

Users can install applications directly from web pages, in a secure and cross-distro way.


PackageKit 0.5.1 nspluginwrapper-1.3.0-5 (in F11 updates)

Contingency Plan

Drop PackageKit-browser-plugin from comps, and revert back to not shipping the browser plugin.


Release Notes

  • PackageKit now installs a browser plugin handler so that web pages can install software in a secure environment.

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