Shareware are mislabelled as free software

Bug #1241999 reported by Damien on 2013-10-19
This bug affects 2 people
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Software Center Agent

Bug Description

Most of the software receiving spotlight on the frontpage are mislabelled. The price is indicated as "free" but the description of the software says it is a limited version (how limited?) that can be unlocked for a fee (how much? It's never said). And that's when the description actually says something.

There should be a mention of this trickery instead of that "free" label. On the front page it should be replaced by something like "shareware" or "trial" with an obligatory mention of the full price.

current offenders:
- Mahjong Epic 2, "free". Should be "Shareware ($9.95)". Price is nowhere to be found in USC.
- Big Journey to Home Demo, "free". Should be "Demo".
- Nelia1 Trial, "free". Should be "30 days trial (price???)". No mention of price anywhere, not even on their own website.
- Island Racer, "free". Should be "Demo ($4.95)". Worst offended, is presented like a freeware with no mention of any limitations. Only on their website we can learn it's only a demo and the full game is to be paid for.
- Lin-HaBu, "free". Should be "60 days limited trial ($200???).
- Blast, "free". Should be "Demo ($4.95). Same publisher as Island racer, same problems.

That's 6 out of twenty software in spotlight. Worse, that's 6 out of 10 software labelled as free! And everyday, new offenders arrive on the USC frontpage.

Ubuntu, don't be like the other stores, curate your front page better. You want to be taken seriously.

dobey (dobey) on 2013-11-25
affects: software-center → software-center-agent
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