The place of the Ubuntu Software Center regarding Steam, Desura and others

Matthew Paul Thomas mpt at
Thu Aug 23 08:11:18 UTC 2012

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Nicolas Michel wrote on 21/08/12 22:52:
> ...
> So I thought the best I would want as a user is to search for 
> everything I want to install on my desktop from the Ubuntu Software
> Center. Although I'm not aware of the future plans for the 
> application I think it would be really amazing to have a plugin 
> system on the Ubuntu Software Center to plug external content 
> database to its search engine so we could see the content
> available from Desura, Steam AND Play on Linux (and maybe others).
> These plugins should work (and keep updated their databases) even
> without these applications installed. So the user should be asked
> to install it to be able to install that game or that software.

This would be useful for software developers, too: imagine being able
to access all of Cpan from the "Developer Tools" > "Perl" subcategory,
PyPI from the "Python" subcategory, or from the "Ruby"

> ...
> Secondly to offer what guys that are coming to our platform are 
> searching for: freedom. You may think it's ironic since we are 
> talking about closed-source softwares but it is not. I'm talking
> of freedom as in freedom of choice. Regarding this topic I think
> the Ubuntu Software Center should really tag clearly what is 
> open-source, closed-source, free of charge and not.

USC already does this. We could perhaps do it more prominently
<>, and we could definitely be more
specific about the open-source licenses being used.

> It should also really well highlight who is providing the software:
> Ubuntu, Steam, Desura, others?

We have work to do on this, though each application already links to
the publisher's Web site.

> So we'll have the choice: if I'm searching for the "video" keyword 
> and I want to use only open-source softwares provided by
> Canonical, I should be able to click on a filter to only see it.
> ...

You can already filter on software provided by Canonical, but that's
not the same as filtering on open-source software.

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