Capuchin replaces NewStuffManager

It’s been a very long time since I worked on NewStuffManager. The last couple of weeks I was able to work on NewStuffManager again. For everyone who doesn’t know what Capuchin/NewStuffManager is, it’s a program that runs in the background, downloads and installs plugins. It can be used by any application through its D-Bus interface. So, what changed? Most notable the name. Furthermore, I refactored the D-Bus daemon to make it more extensible, changed the D-Bus interface itsself and the XML file format that contains information about the plugins. A description of the D-Bus API is available here and example scripts in C# and Python are available in the subversion repository and the tarballs. For all the C lovers out there I wrote GLib bindings, as well. The tarballs contain an example program. I want to thank kamstrup and his xesam-glib bindings that have been a great inspiration and made my work a lot easier. Thank you! So download the daemon from http://www.k-d-w.org/downloads/source/capuchin and integrate it in your favorite application (e.g. using the GLib bindings available at http://www.k-d-w.org/downloads/source/capuchin-glib). If you come across any problems or have an idea how Capuchin would rock even more please leave a comment. Next I will write a tutorial that explains how you setup your own repository and make use of it using the D-Bus interface and integrate Capuchin into Deskbar-Applet that you can finally download 3rd party modules easily.

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Sebastian Pölsterl
Post-Doctoral Researcher

My research interests include distributed robotics, mobile computing and programmable matter.