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

ajmctaggart ajmctaggart at gmail.com
Tue Sep 1 16:42:48 BST 2009

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?


On Tue, Sep 1, 2009 at 8:16 AM, Alan Pope <alan at popey.com> wrote:

> 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.
> Cheers,
> Al.
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