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

Robbie Williamson robbie at ubuntu.com
Tue Sep 1 18:01:12 BST 2009

I like Marketplace...Bazaar is cool, but could confuse people with the other
Bazaar, i.e. 'bzr'

On 09/01/2009 10:42 AM, ajmctaggart wrote:
> Obviously Store is not very popular, nor Center.  So what is it that we
> are trying to accomplish with the title of this piece of Ubuntu?  Will
> it be unique and solely on Ubuntu?  Or will this be installable on other
> distros and therefore we want to keep the word "Ubuntu" out of the
> title?  Libs are obviously not nearly as "cool" as actual applications,
> but will have to be supported within this framework.  Are we trying to
> communicate a trading post, or bazzar?  So what evokes this idea of a
> trading post or a bazaar in a Ubuntu-esque fashion?
> 1) Marketplace
> 2) Creative Exchange
> 3) Open Market/ Open Exchange
> 4) Common Knowledge Market/ Exchange/Marketplace... (I don't want to
> start a flame war on "Open," software or "Closed," software and the
> availability from within this management tool)
> 5)  I don't have the wording, but what about the central idea behind a
> Library?  You check out titles, you return them, etc...Very simiilar to
> what this Synaptic replacement would allow...Anyone with some good ideas
> for a "Library," wording?
> Or are we going essentially for a "grass roots," kind of wording?
> -Anthony
> On Tue, Sep 1, 2009 at 8:16 AM, Alan Pope <alan at popey.com
> <mailto:alan at popey.com>> wrote:
>     2009/9/1 Siegfried Gevatter <rainct at ubuntu.com
>     <mailto: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.
>     Cheers,
>     Al.
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