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

Alan Pope alan at popey.com
Tue Sep 1 16:16:18 BST 2009

2009/9/1 Siegfried Gevatter <rainct at ubuntu.com>:
> I have to add my voice in that I strongly dislike the name containing
> "Store", for the already echoed reasons. "Software Center" or even
> "Add/Remove..." are much better names, IMHO.

I too am not comfortable with "Software Center", partly because it
will in all likelyhood have non-software in it, like themes, but to a
UK person the word "Center" makes me flinch. I don't like "Store"
because it inclines me towards thinking it's a for-profit venture, and
I guess that's because the word 'store' is now tainted by all the
proprietary software repos out there that have previously been listed.

I'd be more inclined to like something that took the ethos of Ubuntu,
and the generic nature of what goes in the repository. Something
_like_ "Package Bazar". Given we already have a concept of 'packages'
in Ubuntu, I'd guess it's easily translatable. The term 'Bazar' has
historical and community influences which are overall positive.

I don't particularly _like_ "Package" but I think it's better than
"Software" and whilst the term 'package' needs to be explained before
many will 'get it' I don't think it's that much of a stretch for
people to think of 'packages' of software coming from the 'bazar'.

Just my 2p.


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