Ubuntu Software Store: What it does, and how you can help

Caroline Ford caroline.ford.work at googlemail.com
Thu Aug 27 21:00:43 BST 2009

2009/8/27 Robbie Williamson <robbie at ubuntu.com>:
> On 08/27/2009 02:20 PM, Matthew East wrote:
>> On Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 7:49 PM, Przemek
>> Kulczycki<przemekkulczycki at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> On Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 8:31 PM, Matthew East<mdke at ubuntu.com> wrote:
>>>> Hi Matthew,
>>>> On Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 4:43 PM, Matthew Paul Thomas<mpt at canonical.com> wrote:
>>>>> Now, AppCenter has a brand name: the Ubuntu Software Store.
>>>>> <http://launchpad.net/software-store>
>>>>> And it has a package in Ubuntu Karmic: software-store.
>>>>> <http://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/software-store>
>>>> Looking forward to trying this. I had a quick browse through the wiki
>>>> page but couldn't find any discussion about the name, so here goes.
>>>> Doesn't "store" imply that the user will be paying for the software? I
>>>> really liked "center".
>>> Only for the Americans I guess :)
>>> Those who learned British English will understand store as a warehouse/stock.

No actually. Store = shop really, especially online.
>> Well, I don't know any free warehouses either... But I'm British, and
>> my primary understanding of a "store" is an online or physical place
>> where I can purchase things. Anyhow, Ubuntu's primary locale is US
>> English, so I think a discussion of the name should proceed on the
>> basis that the name should work in US English.
>> I can see from the spec (and LP answer 81103) that it will be possible
>> to purchase software from this app in the future, but it will also be
>> possible to get software for free there, and for that reason I think a
>> neutral name that fits both is preferable.
> I agree...I personally liked App Center, but could be persuaded to like maybe
> Ubuntu Software Center.  I think most users would interpret "Store" as a place
> to buy apps.

Agree totally.


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