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

Matthew Paul Thomas mpt at canonical.com
Tue Sep 1 09:46:33 BST 2009

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Greg Grossmeier wrote on 28/08/09 14:56:
> Just double checking that I understand this part correctly: we're
> going to have a line in every single software package description in
> all of the Ubuntu repositories that says "Price: Free"?
> EDIT: Just confirmed this with mpt on #ubuntu-devel and he pointed me
> to this bug: https://launchpad.net/bugs/419295 (thanks, mpt)
> From a librarian's point of view (you've solicited our help, and I
> have the degree) that seems like an awful waste of space for something
> that will only being "Price: !Free" 0.001% of the time.

How do you know that? In the iPhone App Store, for example, 77 % of the
applications have a non-zero price.

>                                                    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.

As I explained in the bug report, that "would cause a Simon-says
problem, where the way to verify that something was free would be to
check that there was no 'Price:' row anywhere on the page."

> My point:
> 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 would have specified that that line should be there regardless of what
the program was called.

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