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

Matthew East mdke at ubuntu.com
Fri Aug 28 14:41:39 BST 2009

(Adding ubuntu-desktop back to cc)

On Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 2:22 PM, Mackenzie Morgan<macoafi at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Friday 28 August 2009 6:44:30 am Matthew East wrote:
>> I saw that, but the problem is that people will not open the app in
>> the first place. I saw the name "Ubuntu Software Store" before I saw
>> your email explaining what it was, and it didn't occur to me that it
>> could be anything other than a shop (probably a website) for buying
>> programs.
>> The comments on this thread so far have been unanimous about this...
> OK, I'll break it.  I didn't assume the Ubuntu App Store would be all for-pay
> stuff, since well...the iTunes App Store isn't.  There are tons of free
> (gratis) programs for iPhones available in there.  So why should this App
> Store be any different?

Fair enough, everyone is entitled to their own opinion and a snap
survey of how different people react to this title is not unhelpful, I
think. But I'd be disturbed if the conception of "store" in the
majority of our users' understanding is affected by a naming scheme
handed down by iTunes rather than plain English. It's also probably
the case that the iTunes App Store does have much more commercially
orientated goals than the Ubuntu Software Store. I haven't got an
iPhone, so I hadn't come across this name. I do have a blackberry
though. The blackberry equivalent is called "BlackBerry App World".

Matthew East
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