[UIFe][FFe] Change application Name etc to Ubuntu Software

Bug #1570479 reported by Will Cooke
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-software (Ubuntu)
Fix Released
ubuntu-docs (Ubuntu)
Fix Released
Gunnar Hjalmarsson

Bug Description

We would like to change some strings in GNOME's Software application to "Ubuntu Software".

The main reason is that our users are used to the old Ubuntu Software Center and many docs talk about it. By changing the name to Ubuntu Software we can offer some assurances that it's the right tool for the job. Our patches also make Software on Ubuntu very Ubuntu centric.

It is not the intention to claim Software as our own work.

.desktop "Name=" changes to "Ubuntu Software"
Window title changes to "Ubuntu Software"
Icon changes to the u-s-c icon
having a binary named "ubuntu-software" for naming consistancy

I have reached out to the upstream project and we've agreed that these changes can go ahead.

Will Cooke (willcooke)
summary: - [UIfe][FFe] Change application Name etc to Ubuntu Software
+ [UIFe][FFe] Change application Name etc to Ubuntu Software
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Steve Langasek (vorlon) wrote :

Have discussed this with Will and Seb on IRC. The plan for avoiding disruption of the GNOME experience (since the GNOME desktop depends on the same package) is to use OnlyShowIn=Unity for the different name, which sounds like a reasonable plan.

The biggest problem is that we are past translation freeze for the release, which means that making this change now will regress the name for all non-English users at release time - instead of 'Software' localized in their language, they will see 'Ubuntu Software' in English.

It's my recommendation to make this change via SRU, to give translators time to catch up - given that the argument for changing this is to make users more comfortable with the nomenclature, I think having the string appear in a foreign language (and even a foreign script) for the majority of users is more awkward than having the word 'Ubuntu' missing in the near term.

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Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

The template has been manually updated to translators can work on it now*


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Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj) wrote :

The desktop guide was changed to consistently use "Software" only. :(

Changed in ubuntu-docs (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
milestone: none → later
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Amr Ibrahim (amribrahim1987) wrote :

As a long time Ubuntu user, I don't mind the name GNOME Software. The application name already appears as only "Software" (like the rest of GNOME applications, Nautilus is "Files", gnome-disk-utility is "Disks" and so on)
I don't see a reason to rename it to Ubuntu Software. A lot of online news already talked about switching to GNOME Software.

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Amr Ibrahim (amribrahim1987) wrote :

In summary, I think this change is not worth the effort and it's already too late in the cycle for translations.

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Iain Lane (laney) wrote :

FWIW, I mostly agree with #4 and #5, but if this is to go ahead then I concur with Steve that SRU is more appropriate.

There will most definitely be further updates for gnome-software before 16.04.1; the string change can go in before then. This gives time to both translators and the documentation team (and documentation translators, for that matter).

Suggest part of SRU verification ought to be to make sure that the desktop docs are updated at the same time.

There are other places where the program is referred to as "Software" or "GNOME Software" in strings; should those all be changed too?

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Will Cooke (willcooke) wrote :

There was a change needed in Ubiquity as well, and that has been done. It was actually a revert, so translations were already done.

description: updated
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Steve Langasek (vorlon) wrote : Please test proposed package

Hello Will, or anyone else affected,

Accepted gnome-software into xenial-proposed. The package will build now and be available at https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gnome-software/3.20.1+git20160419.2.b8d2e40.ubuntu-xenial-0ubuntu1 in a few hours, and then in the -proposed repository.

Please help us by testing this new package. See https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Testing/EnableProposed for documentation how to enable and use -proposed. Your feedback will aid us getting this update out to other Ubuntu users.

If this package fixes the bug for you, please add a comment to this bug, mentioning the version of the package you tested, and change the tag from verification-needed to verification-done. If it does not fix the bug for you, please add a comment stating that, and change the tag to verification-failed. In either case, details of your testing will help us make a better decision.

Further information regarding the verification process can be found at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/QATeam/PerformingSRUVerification . Thank you in advance!

tags: added: verification-needed
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Steve Langasek (vorlon) wrote :

Per the above (somewhat confusing) comment, the decision has been made for the Ubuntu product that it's more important to get this name change done from day 1 even at the possible cost of outdated translations and inaccurate docs, in part because of the importance of consistency with other, existing docs that talk about the Ubuntu Software Center. Apologies to translation and documentation teams for this. We will do what we can to include updated docs/translations as soon as these become available.

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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package gnome-software - 3.20.1+git20160419.2.b8d2e40.ubuntu-xenial-0ubuntu1

gnome-software (3.20.1+git20160419.2.b8d2e40.ubuntu-xenial-0ubuntu1) xenial; urgency=medium

  [ Sebastien Bacher ]
  * debian/control.in, debian/ubuntu-software.install,
    debian/ubuntu-software.links, debian/icons,
    debian/patches/ubuntu_software_name.patch, debian/rules:
    - create new "ubuntu-software" binary package depending on gnome-software,
      it allows us to have a name/description familiar to Ubuntu users
      without altering or removing the gnome-software one, also create a new
      desktop entry named "Ubuntu Software" for Unity (lp: #1570479)

  [ Iain Lane ]
  * New upstream snapshot from the wip/iainl/ubuntu-xenial branch at
    - Some snappy fixes (but the plugin is still disabled)
    - Actually install the featured.ini file

 -- Iain Lane <email address hidden> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 18:50:17 +0100

Changed in gnome-software (Ubuntu):
status: New → Fix Released
Changed in ubuntu-docs (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj)
status: New → Fix Committed
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Adolfo Jayme Barrientos (fitojb) wrote :

Honestly, this pisses me off. This breakage is even categorized as being of “Critical” importance, which is plain ridiculous.

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Will Cooke (willcooke) wrote :

Everything as expected. Thanks for turning this around so quickly.

$ apt-cache policy ubuntu-software
  Installed: 3.20.1+git20160419.2.b8d2e40.ubuntu-xenial-0ubuntu1
  Candidate: 3.20.1+git20160419.2.b8d2e40.ubuntu-xenial-0ubuntu1
  Version table:
 *** 3.20.1+git20160419.2.b8d2e40.ubuntu-xenial-0ubuntu1 500
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

tags: added: verification-done
removed: verification-needed
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Hannie Dumoleyn (lafeber-dumoleyn) wrote :

We also had to make changes in The Ubuntu Manual, http://ubuntu-manual.org/
After updating Xenial in VirtualBox, I now have two identical icons on the Launcher: one for gnome-software and one for Ubuntu Software Center, which I had installed in Xenial because I find USC much better than gnome-software.

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Amr Ibrahim (amribrahim1987) wrote :

I still don't understand this change. I find it truly unworthy. GNOME applications are not-branded from the beginning. Now GNOME Software broke USC with the icon. What was wrong with the icon of GNOME Software?! Can't users really adapt to the new docs about the new Software store?! Users are not that stupid! And many online docs already has been talking about replacing USC with GNOME Software for 6 months.

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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package ubuntu-docs - 16.10.1

ubuntu-docs (16.10.1) yakkety; urgency=medium

  * scripts/translation-test-build.sh:
    - Check that required packages are installed.
  * Updates due to switch from "Software" to "Ubuntu Software"
    (LP: #1570479).
  * nautilus-list.page:
    - Less specific description of column "Modified" (LP: #1572304).
  * Extra update of ubuntu-help.pot (LP: #1573249, LP: #1573251).
  * video-dvd-restricted.page:
    - Updated suggested packages (LP: #1201904).
    - New guidance on how to install libdvdcss2 (LP: #1571208).
  * power-hibernate.page:
    - Code for re-enabling hibernate corrected (LP: #1575466).
  * mouse-disabletouchpad.page:
    - Deleted, since the feature is enabled by default now, and the
      GUI control has been dropped (LP: #1575911).
  * disk-check.page:
    - Updated to correspond to gnome-disk-utility 3.18 (LP: #1573025).
  * net-chat-empathy.page:
    - Updated since Empathy is no longer installed by default
      (LP: #1579394).
  * files-disc-write.page:
    - Updated since Brasero is no longer installed by default.
  * numeric-keypad.page, shell-guest-session.page:
    - Suggest lightdm configuration in /etc instead of /usr/share.
  * net-wireless-troubleshooting-initial-check.page:
    - Replace nm-tool (no longer available) with nmcli (LP: #1581846).
  * Updated ubuntu-help.pot.
  * New Kabyle (kab) translation.
  * The latest translations exported from Launchpad (LP: #1592162).
  * debian/control: Bump Standards-Version to 3.9.8.
  * Bump version to 16.10 / yakkety.

  [ Milo Casagrande ]
  * Make Italian screenshots 250x200.

  [ Doug Smythies ]
  * unity.png, unity-windows.png, unity-overview.png:
    - Updated again due to new yet old Ubuntu Software icon
      (LP: #1570479).

 -- Gunnar Hjalmarsson <email address hidden> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:11:00 +0200

Changed in ubuntu-docs (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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