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AppStream file to store upstream metadata: registry and bibliography references

Hi all,

I started discussions with AppStream devs to add new tags in the AppStream file. This file contains upstream metadata and it is cross distro in contrary to our d/upstream/metadata.

If you are using the d/u/metadata to store bibliography references or registry refences you can take part of discussions here [1-2].

Currently, they agree to add registry references but still need to find the tag name. Concerning the bibliography references there is no consensus but I still think from a scientific point of view it could be useful to have a bibliography in this file and in the software center.

The idea is to move some information (or all?) from debian/upstream/metadata to the AppStream which is cross distrib and ideally maintained by upstream. Ok we already have some troubles to get manpages from upstream so an AppStream file is a dream :-). But at least if upstream wants to provide metadata, there is a possibility with this file.

So, if you are interested (or not :-), you can go there [1-2] to give your point of view.


[1] https://github.com/ximion/appstream/issues/189
[2] https://github.com/ximion/appstream/issues/190

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