The "Install Software" link returns a list of available distribution packages. Software bundles are not, strictly speaking, distro packages although the packages that make up a bundle are. That's why they don't currently display in that dialog.
You definitely can deploy the bundle to the device in question as a policy and tell it to display in portal, and execute it that way.
Just so I understand fully -
On the task level, bundles have to be set as policy and to display in portal - but then have to be executed manually from the portal on the machine?
Some background on this - there are some within our IT department that we want to give the ability to deploy software, but they don't have the console or access to the Core. So - Workspaces would be the option.
Currently yes that is correct. And it would not be an ideal situation for your IT folks who want to deploy software without accessing the console.
However, I spoke with Dev and we are submitting this as a bug. We feel that bundles should be deployable in the same method as other distro packages. So, while this doesn't help you immediately, this will be fixed in a future patch.
For now, I suggest opening a support case with our Asset team to determine if you can define granular enough rights in User Rights Assignment such that you can give your folks console access but restrict it to software deployment only.
Thank you for the information - much appreciated.