How do you do integration (eg, making a Start menu show all installed software)?

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How do you do integration (eg, making a Start menu show all installed software)?

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Since there is no concept of software being ‘installed’ or ‘not-installed’, this is not required. The menu (or other launching device) simply shows applications that the user may want to run. They will be fetched on demand. For example, the set of applications your system shows you on first install is the applications the distribution author thinks you might like. They may be already in the cache, or they may be loaded on demand (depending on the distribution’s installer). Indeed, the question is backwards. The menu doesn’t show installed software; rather, the ‘installed’ software is what the user has put on the menu (e.g. using the 0desktop command). The new menu entry is independent of the program data though; removing the program from the cache doesn’t remove the menu item (clicking on it would simply offer to download the program again).

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