The ocean cleanup!


I do not like asking for contributions, but this one is very important! Our oceans are very “ill”. There are immense amount of plastic residues as the result of our reckless way of living in this planet.

But there’s hope with this campaign which is trying to clean this mess through a very simple and relatively cheap solution.

So please, I BEG you! There’s only 5 days to go for this campaign to shut down. Make a little donation and spread the word!

Octopi, Calamares and all other sea creatures will THANK you forever!


Octopi version 0.4.2 is out!

Following the previous release, this one adds an important bugfix in AUR/KCP search mode, among other fixes. Go grab it HERE.

KCP search in Octopi (running under KaOS).

KCP search in Octopi (running under KaOS).

Octopi version 0.4.1 released!

I’m pleased to bring you the latest version of our favorite Qt based pacman frontend.

0.4.1 comes with:

  • A bunch of obligatory bug fixes
  • Argentinian, Basque and Japanese translations
  • Installed size info in tooltips
  • Search by file option (with pacman -Qo)
  • Installed packages are counted based on View filters
  • A string validator is used in search widgets to prevent anomalous character entering

You can also watch these videos I recorded with the precious help of Anke Boersma (KaOS author) which explain the use of all Octopi options in detail.


ManjaroPek 0.8.10 is out!

Today, the Brazilian Manjaro community launched his Manjaro 0.8.10 spin, named ManjaroPek, because of being based on PeKwm!

I’m honored to have Octopi as ManjaroPek official package manager frontend. Thank you Holmes and tropper and all the other guys that make Manjaro Brasil ticks! You just rock!

ManjaroPek 0.8.10 out of the box interface.

ManjaroPek 0.8.10 out of the box interface.

The greatest Octopi is released!

We proudly present you the latest encarnation of your preferred pacman frontend: 0.4.0 !

Octopi 0.4.0 pt_BR running in KDE.

Octopi 0.4.0 pt_BR running inside Manjaro’s KDE.

This release is certainly the most important since the project’s inception, more than 1 year ago. It’s the result of more than 90 days of intensive work of a group of talented people that brought you:

  • A new package list model subsystem (tbinkau’s huge hacks) which brings you memory use and performance enhancements as well as more view options;
  • Merge of Oktopi’s code (gcala’s massive changes) which made Octopi, Chakra‘s default pacman frontend;
  • Tools menu (if available), bringing pacman log viewer and Repository editor (gcala’s changes);
  • AUR popularity column view while in AUR search (tbinkau);
  • New UI icons, including main octopus/ghost one 🙂 (demm’s courtesy);
  • Pacaur support;
  • KCP support in KaOS (using Cellix’s kcp tool);
  • LXQt DE support;
  • mooOS support (pdq’s changes and tests);
  • Netrunner Rolling Release support;
  • Antergos support (Yoyo’s courtesy);
  • Initial ArchBSD support (Claud’s courtesy);
  • Addition of asturian language in Qt5 builds;
  • Many bug fixes!

So, if you like this software, please express your gratitude thru one of those ways:

Thanks to all distros who helped us so far. Together we stand, divided we fall! Also: thanks!

If everything goes well, next step will be 0.5.0 with the advent of an options dialog 😉


Octopi celebrates its first anniversary!

At Feb, 21st 2013, octopi’s github got this commit:

README file: the very first Octopi commit!

431 commits later, with almost 12.000 lines of C++ code, supporting 35 languages, ArchBang, ArchLinux, Chakra and Manjaro distros, yaourt for AUR packages as well as being the default pacman frontend in KaOS Linux distro, Octopi has matured quite fast.

Such speed can only be explained/understood by the strength of Open Source community. At 17th march 2013, I sent an email to Philip Müller, a Manjaro Linux dev I had contacted in late 2012:

Hi Philip, how are you?

Remember you have translated QTGZManager to german, don’t you?
Well, as I happen to finished it, I was needing another project to work on…

Actualy I started a new one in late february. The name is Octopi, and
it’s a frontend to Pacman package manager.
When I say frontend I really mean it, it calls pacman directly instead
of using LibAlpm API (that way I can take profit of pacman’s
solid/well tested code base).

At the moment it’s quite useful, if you want to give it a try:


Thank you!

A few hours later, Philip had published the news in Manjaro’s crowded forums, with a link to an Octopi package he’d just built.

After that, the project has skyrocketed to a point of receiving patches, translations, suggestions, reviews and even a fork from the Chakra community. I could never had expected such success, even in my wildest dreams.

It is a pleasure to be part of this history and an honour to be part of this community.

To celebrate this milestone, version 0.3.2 is out. It brings a new system upgrade button in toolbar, among other features.


And thank you all very much! Without your help, there would be no means to do such work.

Octopi 0.3.1 is now available

This version supports a new distribution called KaOS, builds with Qt4 and Qt5 libs, sports a new group selection widget and adds chinese (Taiwan), malay, slovak and ukrainian translations.

Version 0.3.1 running under KaOS.

Version 0.3.1 (pt_BR) running under KaOS – a gorgeous KDE centric distro launched in 2013!

A special thanks goes to Octopi’s translation community, Alex Fredrich (a friend of mine), Anke Boersma (KaOS author and lead dev) and Ringo de kroon (from Manjaro support).

You can grab v0.3.1 here.