Rigo Application Browser is the official name of the Sulfur (aka Entropy Store) successor. The similarities end here, actually. This Gtk3-based application is sporting a very simple and clean design (Rigo means “row”, more or less): the whole interaction happens through a single widget: the search bar. Who doesn’t know how to use a search bar? Who doesn’t know how to use Google these days? Well, that’s the rationale. Installing Applications (but also searching through the available ones) should be just like “googling” a page. Nothing less, nothing more: you search it, you pick it, you wait for it to install. Done.

It’s been a month since I started working on it, following a bottom-up approach, making sure that the architecture can scale up well (and it does!!!). I guess another good month will be required before being ready for public testing (even though you can get Rigo via entropy.git repository already).

If you’re wondering about the speed, well, this is blazing fast. If you’re wondering what package managers are going to become on the Linux platform, that’s the 2012 answer to that question. Enjoy the shots (the UI is not complete yet! These are from the 4th UI design iteration).

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