"Additional Drivers" desktop shortcut missing in Ubuntu 17.10

Bug #1710377 reported by AsciiWolf on 2017-08-12
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
software-properties (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

There used to be an "Additional Drivers" shortcut in the applications list in Unity. This shortcut is missing in the GNOME Shell Overview in Ubuntu 17.10.

Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) on 2017-10-14
tags: added: rls-aa-incoming
Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) wrote :

Yes, software-properties-drivers.desktop has NotShowIn=GNOME;KDE;

One reason this was done for Ubuntu GNOME was because the app does not provide a generic app icon (!) so it looks really bad if the icon theme is set to Adwaita for instance.

I think this would need a User Interface Freeze Exception if we wanted to fix this for Ubuntu 17.10.

Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

That “Additional Drivers” has its own .desktop file at all is the result of two ancient accidents.

First, it dates from 2008, before Ubuntu gained a unified System Settings utility. <https://launchpad.net/jockey/trunk/0.1>

And second, Additional Drivers was merged into Software & Updates Settings, but nobody has yet taken the next step of integrating Software & Updates Settings into System Settings.

But as long as you can access it *from* System Settings (and as well as from Software Updater and Gnome Software), I don’t think it’s appropriate for it to have a .desktop file at all. That it’s a separate app is a technical detail.

FWIW, I said much the same thing more than ten years ago.

Changed in software-properties (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

it's minor and we are not changing that for artful at this point, updating the tag according

tags: added: rls-aa-notfixing
removed: rls-aa-incoming
Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) on 2017-10-17
Changed in software-properties (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
AsciiWolf (asciiwolf) on 2017-11-09
tags: added: bionic
AsciiWolf (asciiwolf) wrote :

Any news?

Changed in software-properties (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Committed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package software-properties - 0.98.3

software-properties (0.98.3) eoan; urgency=medium

  * debian/control:
    - required snapd-glib 1.42 (lp: #1830353)
  * data/software-properties-drivers.desktop.in:
    - enable the "Additional Drivers" desktop entry under GNOME, having it
      in "software sources" is not logical (lp: #1710377)

  [ Iain Lane ]
  * softwareproperties/gtk/LivepatchPage.py:
    - livepatch: Always pass a string to SetLivePatchEnabled (lp: #1830348)

 -- Sebastien Bacher <email address hidden> Fri, 24 May 2019 15:20:34 +0200

Changed in software-properties (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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