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

Matthew Paul Thomas mpt at canonical.com
Thu Sep 10 15:16:00 BST 2009

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If anyone's interested in the original subject of this thread: The
Ubuntu Software Store 0.3.0 is now in Karmic.
Please try it out and report bugs.

ajmctaggart wrote on 01/09/09 16:42:
> 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?

The code is licensed under GPLv3+, so any other OS is free to use it.
However, the selection of software available in the Ubuntu repositories
is different from the selection of software available in the
repositories of other OSes -- more different than, for example, the
interface of a typical program in Ubuntu compared with the same program
in another OS.

Therefore, it's valuable to have "Ubuntu" in the name of this particular
utility. That way, questions like "Is program X available in the Ubuntu
Software Store?" have less ambiguous answers than they would if multiple
OSes were using the same utility with the same name.

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