Software Center should feature Touch-friendly apps

Bug #674633 reported by Mohamed IKBEL Boulabiar on 2010-11-12
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software-center (Ubuntu)
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Bug Description

Binary package hint: software-center

The Ubuntu Software Center don't have a separate section for touch-friendly touch-specific apps.

A new user which has a the needed hardware should be able to know what apps he can install.
The non-exhaustive list includes for example:

* cellwriter : a tool for recognizing handwritten characters
* xournal : A note taking program for people who has a touch screen and a pen, it's also a pdf annotating program among many other features
* easystroke : a single stroke gesture recognizer
* literki : a virtual keyboard and a virtual touchpad
* Ginn : A mt-gesture to keystroke injector

Software Center better suggest this list when the system detects the (mt)touch hardware

Kiwinote (kiwinote) wrote :

Hi Boulabiar!

Thanks for bringing this up.

The list of apps like cellwriter/xournal/etc are apps which I would expect to find preinstalled on a touch/pen capable system. I understand that these apps most likely won't make it onto the cd due to space and the small number of people with touch/pen capable hardware. Perhaps we should look to find a way to get these apps either installed directly from the net during installation on touch/pen/based hardware, or pulled in on the first update of a newly installed system?

As for featuring touch friendly software in software-center, this is something that I totally agree with. As I see it, the featured/recommended/what's new sections of software-center all serve the common purpose of featuring software. It makes perfect sense to make full use of this ability. We would need to unify/refactor the code for some of these sections to have a clean way to feature software based on hardware capabilities though.

Thoughts?

Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Confirmed
summary: - Software Center don't have a separated section for Touch-friendly apps
+ Software Center should feature Touch-friendly apps
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