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Feature #14568

Additional Software Packages

Added by u 3 months ago. Updated 5 days ago.

Status:
Confirmed
Priority:
Normal
Assignee:
Category:
-
Target version:
Start date:
07/20/2014
Due date:
06/26/2018
% Done:

6%

QA Check:
Feature Branch:
Type of work:
Code
Starter:
Affected tool:
Additional Software Packages

Description

This ticket is about

- Implementing offline mode
- Designing and implementing a GUI for Additional Software packages
- Solving #9059: "Additional software" locks the opening of the desktop
- Planned (non public/nightly) Beta release: Tails 3.6 (~May 2018)
- Planned public Final release: Tails 3.8 (~August 2018)

(See calendar: https://tails.boum.org/contribute/calendar/)

Design and implement a GUI to select additional software packages to make Additional software persistent.

We want users to be able to decide, for each additional piece of software that they might install in Tails once, whether it shall be installed automatically in the future.

This requires to rethink in depth the way the persistent storage is
configured. For this we want to:

- Integrate the decision of adding each additional piece of software to the persistent storage directly in the workflow while installing it; instead of making this decision in the persistence configuration assistant which is not integrated in the natural workflow of installing additional software.

- Allow visualizing which additional software is stored from the configuration assistant to provide feedback and allow removing additional software from the persistent storage one by one if needed.

The additional software feature currently only works when connected to the Internet and we want to remove this limitation.

Proposal (from #5996)

This was a previous proposal on how to do this. Maybe it can still give us some ideas!

- (preemble) merge the 3 APT persistence options : APT lists cache, APT packages cache, additional software packages
- when Alice (logged with administrative privileges with additional software persistence setup) installs a package, she gets a notification "Do you want to reinstall this software package next time you boot Tails?" with a button to add this package to additional software packages
- when Alice removes a packages incuded in additional software packages, the package is removed from the list of additional software packages and she gets a notification "The software package was removed from your additional software.".

Team: alan (code), sajolida (ux), intrigeri (code), bertagaz (tests), segfault (reviewer), u (reviewer, manager)


Subtasks

Feature #5551: Remember installed packagesRejected

Feature #5815: Additional software: support read-only persistenceRejected

Feature #7624: Test read-only persistence support for additional softwareRejected

Feature #5951: additional software: polish backendResolved

Feature #5968: additional software: install arbitrary debRejected

Feature #5996: Additional software configuration GUIDuplicatealant

Feature #6038: Additional software: fix installation of packages requiring manual confirmationIn Progressalant

Bug #9059: "Additional software" locks the opening of the desktopConfirmedalant

Feature #14570: Implement Offline Mode for Additional Software PackagesConfirmedalant

Feature #14571: Code review for Implement Offline ModeConfirmedsegfault

Feature #14572: Implement automated tests for Additional Software/Offline ModeIn Progressbertagaz

Feature #14573: Create Wireframe for Additional Software GUIConfirmedsajolida

Feature #14574: Design GUI for Additional Software packagesConfirmedalant

Feature #14575: Write technical design doc for Additional SoftwareConfirmedalant

Feature #14576: Write automated tests for Additional Software GUI (Gherkin)Confirmedbertagaz

Feature #14589: Write user documentation for Additional Software featureConfirmedemmapeel

Bug #14590: Mentor and review user documentation for Additional Software featureConfirmedsajolida

Feature #14591: Conduct User Testing of Additional Software packages GUIConfirmedsajolida

Feature #14592: Fix bugs and UX issues identified by User testing session for Additional Software GUIConfirmedalant

Bug #14593: Release Additional Software packages GUIConfirmedu

Feature #14594: Code & integration into Tails: Additional Software Packages GUIIn Progressalant

Feature #14595: Code for Additional Software Packages GUI: Persistence SetupConfirmedintrigeri

Feature #14596: Write automated tests for Additional Software GUIConfirmedbertagaz

Feature #14597: Review automated tests for Additional Software GUIConfirmedanonym

Feature #14598: Code review for Additional Software packages GUIConfirmedsegfault

Bug #14599: Release BETA for Additional Software feature/GUIConfirmedu


Related issues

Related to Tails - Feature #5567: Allow opting-out of additional software installation in the Greeter Confirmed

History

#1 Updated by u 3 months ago

  • Blueprint set to https://tails.boum.org/blueprint/additional_software_packages/

#2 Updated by BitingBird 3 months ago

  • Target version set to 2018

#3 Updated by u 3 months ago

#4 Updated by u 3 months ago

  • Affected tool set to Additional Software Packages

#5 Updated by sajolida 3 months ago

  • Target version changed from 2018 to Tails_3.9

We're aiming at release this in 3.8, the last major version before the end of the OTF contract.

We also need some times after the release to gather metrics and evaluate success.

#6 Updated by u 3 months ago

sajolida wrote:

We're aiming at release this in 3.8, the last major version before the end of the OTF contract.

We also need some times after the release to gather metrics and evaluate success.

Absolutely, thanks for clarifying this. I will update the subtickets accordingly.

#7 Updated by u 3 months ago

  • Description updated (diff)

#8 Updated by u 3 months ago

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#9 Updated by u 3 months ago

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#10 Updated by u 3 months ago

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#11 Updated by u 3 months ago

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#12 Updated by sajolida 3 months ago

  • Description updated (diff)

Just to be extra explicity I'm adding #9059 to the description of this ticket.
Right now it's a deal breaker in terms of UX and I expect the solution to be quite complicated.

#13 Updated by u 3 months ago

  • Related to Feature #5567: Allow opting-out of additional software installation in the Greeter added

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