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

Greg Grossmeier greg at grossmeier.net
Tue Sep 1 14:14:12 BST 2009

<quoting name="Matthew Paul Thomas" date="2009-09-01" time="09:46:33 +0100">

> Greg Grossmeier wrote on 28/08/09 14:56:
> >...
> > 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.

I was refering to the Ubuntu App Store where I assume that even if we 
sold every commercially available Linux app we would be no where near 77% 
non-zero price. We have a lot more lib* packages than the iPhone :)

> >                                                    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."

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

Valid points/opinions. I just personally feel that showing "Price: Free" 
for the vast majority of things people will download from this store is 
too redundant. Again, I think we can instill in the Ubuntu user's mind 
that Ubuntu = Free Software. But I understand the reasons for doing it 

Now that I have started repeating myself I think I've made my points. :)



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