The way we display license information could be more in keeping with the open source ethos

Bug #715683 reported by Ivanka Majic on 2011-02-09
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software-center (Ubuntu)
Low
Matthew Paul Thomas

Bug Description

Binary package hint: software-center

We could use the license information to celebrate open source more. This could be done as a special 'badge' that the open source apps get to display or simply by stating that an app is Free and Open Source rather than just free.

This requires a little bit of thought and discussion but I suggest that this information could be made to work harder and more usefully.

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vishal verma (vishal-is-verma) wrote :

your suggestion is definately impressive and could help spreading the idea of open source.
Thanks for reporting

Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Kiwinote (kiwinote) on 2011-09-27
tags: added: db
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
assignee: nobody → Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt)
anatoly techtonik (techtonik) wrote :

It will help to at least state the exact license of software instead of just "Open Source" and link to appropriate text in default search engine.

Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → In Progress
Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

anatoly, I'm designing this in tandem with bug 435183, which is about specifying the open source licenses in greater detail.

For highlighting open source licenses vs. proprietary, I'm thinking of using a miniature of the OSI symbol <http://opensource.org/logo-usage-guidelines#The_Symbol> next to the "Open source" label. <http://opensource.org/trademark-guidelines#Usage_That_Does_Not_Require_Permission>

Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Confirmed
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