Page MenuHomeSolus

Howdy - Windows Hello- like facial recognition
Closed, WontfixPublic



I would like to request that the Windows Hello-like, IR facial recognition program Howdy is added to the Solus repositories. Howdy is open source and available under the MIT license.


Latest release:

The convenience of Windows Hello is one large reason why I am hesitant to fully switch to Linux on my laptop. The script would be useful for any user of a laptop with Windows Hello sensors. Today the package is packaged for Ubuntu, Debian, Arch and OpenSuse.

Unless an alternative is found this script is the only available method of achieving feature parity with Windows and other desktop distrubutions for less savvy buisness- and consumer laptop users when it comes to supporting a hardware feature that is becoming more and more popular as time goes on.

Event Timeline

adamoden created this task.Oct 9 2021, 7:30 PM

This is my first time requesting a package be added to a repository, please be merciful if there are any flaws :) If there is any information that I missed I will gladly add more info in I can find it.

adamoden updated the task description. (Show Details)Oct 9 2021, 7:51 PM
This comment was removed by JoshStrobl.

I spoke to a more Linux-savvy friend with software dev experience that declared a petition to include Howdy in most main repositories pretty much dead in the water due to core parts of it being written in Python 2 among other reasons that I do not seem to have understood well enough that I remember them. I still believe that an implementation of a Windows Hello-like facial recognition application will be needed if Solus still has got the same principles that I remember from when I followed it more closely a few years ago of providing a desktop optimized user experience that is ready to go out-of-the-box for most devices and potentially even system integrators. I no longer believe Howdy, in its current state, is likely to be an acceptable candidate for inclusion in the main repository.

JoshStrobl closed this task as Wontfix.Oct 14 2021, 2:17 PM