[software-center] `unattended` == PornView

Bug #708045 reported by zzz
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software-center (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: software-center

This may not necessarily be considered a bug in software-center, as it is mostly just displaying content that exists in the Ubuntu package archives, but I thought I should raise this as a potential issue to consider as this genuinely just happened today :-)

In the office at work, someone asked me "how can I get Ubuntu to automatically install all security updates for me?"

So I told them about the 'unattended-upgrades' package, which would cause this to happen in the background. They eagerly fired up software-center to see if they had installed the package or not and typed 'unattended' into the search box. Immediately they were confronted with this at the top of of a very short list (complete with 'icon'):


PornView is an image and movie viewer/manager with thumbnail previews.
 Additional features includes thumbnail caching, directory tree views,
 adjustable zoom, and fullscreen view. Slideshows allow for _unattended_
 presentation of images for hands-free viewing. Pornview is written
 using GTK+.

Now, I'm far from being a prude, but multiple questions arise from this:

1) Should such an app be included in universe when Ubuntu is pushing for inclusion in office workplaces and in schools? At the least, judging from the description, it sound like it should be pushed out to multiverse really?
2) Should software-center provide some sort of 'safesearch' option to prevent certain apps from being displayed by default?
3) ...

Any thoughts?

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.04
Package: software-center 3.1.10
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.37-12.26-generic 2.6.37
Uname: Linux 2.6.37-12-generic i686
Architecture: i386
Date: Wed Jan 26 14:34:51 2011
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Alpha i386 (20101213)
PackageArchitecture: all
 PATH=(custom, user)
SourcePackage: software-center

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zzz (oldman-deactivatedaccount) wrote :
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Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

Multiverse is for non-Free software. As far as I know, Pornview is Free Software, so putting it in Multiverse would be inappropriate.

pornview, bible-kjv-text, zekr, and the fabled ubuntu-calendar are relatively mild examples of how we need maturity classifications for software, so that you can filter them out of USC if you prefer. This will become more important as Ubuntu gets more games. Right now, though, there is no way for USC to tell whether a package contains depictions of nudity or torture or genocide or whatever. So the first thing to do would be to design a standard way for classifications to be included in package metadata.

Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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Scott (scottmoelker) wrote :

As a Christian, I resent the implication that the Bible should be filtered along with pornographic images and packages that 'depict nudity or torture or genocide.' Scripture does not belong in the same class as programs/media using these things to entertain people.

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timesarehard4dreamers (timesarehard4dreamers) wrote :

I'd like to be able to filter out Religion, politics, and porn. (topics of Torture and genocide do feature in the Bible: http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/says_about/torture.html and http://irregulartimes.com/secrets1.html)

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Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

If you have reasonable suggestions about what should or shouldn't be filterable, please *do not* comment here, add your suggestions to the linked blueprint instead. If this bug report turns into a slanging match for any reason, it will become relatively useless as a way of tracking any development work, and I will mark it invalid and track the work elsewhere. Thanks.

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Gary Lasker (gary-lasker) wrote :

We'll need to revive the blueprint for maturity ratings at https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/foundations-software-maturity-ratings for UDS-Q if we want to try to fix this bug. As of now (Precise near release), there is no plan to address this.

Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → New
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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