Please Comment: Proposal to change the name of Applications -> Add/Remove...

Rick Spencer rick.spencer at
Thu Jan 15 19:16:10 GMT 2009

On 01/15/2009 10:29 AM, Rick Spencer wrote:
> All -
> A proposal has been put forward to change the name of the 
> "Add/Remove..." menu item.
> Problem:
> Platforms such as iPhone and Android have given users the expectation 
> that there is a "place" that they can to in order to install new 
> software. Ubuntu has good functionality for this, but the name 
> "Add/Remove..." is not in line with users' expectations because it isn't 
> a "place".
> Solution:
> Change the name of "Add/Remove..." to "Software Library".
> Thoughts?
> Cheers, Rick
I'd like to add an important element to the rationale and see if it 
impacts anyones thoughts.

I think the proposal addresses more than a usability problem, I think it 
was put forth also to capitalize on a perception opportunity. In other 
words, perhaps having a "place" to go is something that users think is 
rather cool. We have such a place, but we don't position it as such.

Does this change anyone's thoughts regarding the proposal?

Cheers, Rick

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