Wed Aug 26 22:14:35 BST 2009
the degree) that seems like an awful waste of space for something that
will only being "Price: !Free" 0.001% of the time. Be explicit when
needed, don't clutter the user's view with information that practically
never changes. I would suggest _only_ showing Price information when
there _is_ a price.
Explicitly saying "Free" to counteract the fact that it is called a
"Store" seems like a lot of work to fix a problem that is avoidable by
calling it something other than a Store.
I think Ubuntu has an opportunity here to create a new brand name for a
software repository that from the beginning implies Free to the user,
instead of the usual commercial-sounding options from other companies
(AppStore, Android Market, Palm Software Store, etc).
> Unfortunately the naming was one thing that had to be done within
> Canonical, for boring legal reasons.
As someone who also works with lawyers on a daily/weekly basis, I know
how hard it is to change (some of) their minds after the fact. I
understand if Canonical is unable to make this change at this time.
Obligatory: I love the idea of AppCenter; it is going to make the user
experience when installing software a ton better.
 "Ubuntu will always be free of charge, including enterprise releases
and security updates." Ubuntu Promise number 1 from the homepage.
More information about the ubuntu-devel