Fwd: Feedback on Ubuntu App Developer

David Planella david.planella at ubuntu.com
Thu Dec 15 10:10:30 UTC 2011

Hi all,

Andrea just gave me his permission to forward his message to the list.

In it, he's giving us some interesting feedback after having submitted
MyUnity to MyApps. His points touch several aspects (MyApps UI,
packaging, etc.), so I'd especially appreciate the comments of anyone in
the list who's knowledgeable on those areas.

Andrea, you might also be interested to know that you can submit bugs to
MyApps, so if you see anything worth reporting, feel free to file a bug at:




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Assumpte: Feedback on Ubuntu App Developer (was: Re: Updates about MyUnity)
Data: Fri, 2 Dec 2011 11:03:05 +0100
De: Andrea Colangelo <warp10 at ubuntu.com>
A: David Planella <david.planella at ubuntu.com>

Hi David!

On Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 14:47, David Planella
<david.planella at ubuntu.com> wrote:
> We're trying to get more Open Source apps in extras and people to use
> the Ubuntu App Developer site, so if you would like to consider
> submitting MyUnity to https://myapps.developer.ubuntu.com and give us
> some feedback on how the process worked for you, that'd be awesome.

I just uploaded MyUnity on developer.ubuntu.com. It was pretty easy
and straightforward, and the whole website looks pretty clean and
neat. Nevertheless, I would like to report you a few points I didn't
liked very much:
- a very minor point: it would be nice to add a box to mark an app as
free, rather than forcing the uploader to write 0.00 in the "Price"
- Although MyUnity is free (as in free beer), the submission process
asked me for a PayPal account. This is a little confusing.
- According to the documentation found on the website, in case I
upload the source code only, Canonical will provide a packaging with
/opt as the default install directory and configuration within ~.
Since I had a package ready, I uploaded my debian source package. I
had to tarball the three files, but this is pretty uncommon: I use to
upload source packages using the .dsc file only (which automatically
pulls the other two files), so the request to tarball everything
sounds a little weird (although I see it has strong technical reasons,
being the process browser-based).
- Further, it is not clear if the package I uploaded should default to
/opt as well. I uploaded the very same package I dputted on
PPA/archive, so it install on /usr. Actually, as an experienced Debian
packager, I would not like to modify my debian/rules to install in
/opt, because: 1) this not allowed by Debian Policy (which is to me
just like the Bible is to Catholics :)); 2) since I have this package
in precise, I don't wish to maintain two different "flavours" of the
package. I'm not sure this one is a common use case, but I guess you
should consider it carefully anyway.
- It is still unclear to me in what distroseries the package will land
and what the version number will be. I expected I could choose to
upload MyUnity in natty and oneiric only, and not in precise (it's in
the archive there) and maverick (unity is missing there), but this
didn't happen. Also, I uploaded it with version
1.0.11-0ubuntu0~extras, and I'm wondering if and how it will be

Apart from these minor issue (probably a non-packager user would
completely ignore the #3 and #4). Globally, I liked it very much. The
interface is really clean and I loved the USC preview the website
showed me in the last step. I have seen I will have the possibility to
track the number of download over time, this is a really nice feature.

Have a great day,

Andrea Colangelo
Ubuntu Developer                        |  http://www.ubuntu.com
BeeSeek Member                          |  http://www.beeseek.org

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