Synaptic should display "popularity contest" information

Bug #237254 reported by Bryn Hughes on 2008-06-04
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This bug affects 5 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
synaptic (Debian)
New
Unknown
synaptic (Ubuntu)
Wishlist
Unassigned

Bug Description

Binary package hint: synaptic

This is more of a UI feature request than a bug, but it strikes me as kind of odd that Synaptic can't let you sort packages by their "popularity-contest" data...

Lots of users have popularity-contest turned on, but commonly used tools like Synaptic don't have a method to display that information. Users are probably looking for more commonly-used pieces of software rather than some of the more esoteric and specialized packages out there. If you already know what you are looking to install, Synaptic provides a fine interface for finding what you need. When you are just looking for "something new" however it doesn't do so well.

Examples:

Bob wants to try a different music player on Ubuntu because he isn't completely happy with Rhythmbox. He searches in Synaptic for "iPod" and gets 40+ results, sorted alphabetically. He's a new user to Ubuntu and has no idea about things like KDE and Gnome, or what GTK is. He really is looking for the most commonly installed tools since they will also be easier for him to get help with.

Mary is looking through the "Games" listings in Synaptic. She just wants to quicky find something "Fun" and finds over 900 packages listed under "Games and Amusements (universe)". She gets part way through "a" before she gives up.

severity 334361 important
tags 334361 + patch
severity 346010 wishlist
severity 345707 wishlist
user <email address hidden>
usertag 346385 + nonfree-doc gfdl
thanks

Bryn Hughes (linux-nashira) wrote :

Binary package hint: synaptic

This is more of a feature request than a bug, but it strikes me as kind of odd that Synaptic can't let you sort packages by their "popularity-contest" data...

Lots of users have popularity-contest turned on, so that data is going somewhere. Now, when any given user goes to install a package, there's a VERY good chance that the package they are looking for will be near the top of the list.

Examples:

Bob wants to try a different music player on Ubuntu because he isn't completely happy with Rhythmbox. He searches in Synaptic for "iPod" and gets 40+ results, sorted alphabetically. He's a new user to Ubuntu and has no idea about things like KDE and Gnome, or what GTK is. He really is looking for the most commonly installed tools since they will also be easier for him to get help with

Mary is looking through the "Games" listings in Synaptic. She just wants to quicky find something "Fun" and finds over 900 packages listed under "Games and Amusements (universe)". She gets part way through "a" before she gives up

description: updated
James Westby (james-w) wrote :

Hi,

Thanks for the bug report. I have confirmed it as a wishlist item.

Thanks,

James

Changed in synaptic:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in synaptic:
status: Confirmed → New
James Westby (james-w) on 2008-06-04
Changed in synaptic:
status: New → Confirmed
Sergei Andreev (seajey) wrote :

This would be a really nice feature.

shawnlandden (shawnlandden) wrote :

see upstream http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=345707 (been sitting for 3 years)

Changed in synaptic:
status: Unknown → New
Changed in synaptic (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged

this is not simply "would be good", this is needed.

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