Rename 'Software & Updates' label

Bug #1222527 reported by Thibaut Brandscheid on 2013-09-08
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ayatana Design
software-properties (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Ubuntu 13.10
Language: English US

UX Problem:
When searching in the Dash for the system software updater - a pretty common task - always two entries are presented to the user with nearly the same name. There is the update-manager labeled ' Software Updater' and there is software-properties labeled 'Software & Updates', result: 'Software Updater' and 'Software & Updates'.
Both names start with a capital S and a capital U → they should be easier to distinguish.

Suggested solution:
Relabel the less common GenericName of the .desktop file to something else. As the software-properties are less important IMHO for the daily use of an average user, I purpose to relabel it to 'Software Settings'. Not my favorite name, but visual much better to distinguish then the current name and it would share the naming pattern of having 'Settings' at the end of a program that allows the user to configure something.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 13.10
Package: software-properties-gtk 0.92.25
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.11.0-4.9-generic 3.11.0-rc7
Uname: Linux 3.11.0-4-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.12.1-0ubuntu3
Architecture: amd64
Date: Sun Sep 8 20:50:21 2013
ExecutablePath: /usr/bin/software-properties-gtk
InstallationDate: Installed on 2013-08-27 (11 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 13.10 "Saucy Salamander" - Alpha amd64 (20130827)
InterpreterPath: /usr/bin/python3.3
MarkForUpload: True
PackageArchitecture: all
SourcePackage: software-properties
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in software-properties (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
tags: added: wily
summary: - Rename .desktop GenericName to something not too similar to 'Software
- Updater'
+ Rename 'Software & Updates' application
summary: - Rename 'Software & Updates' application
+ Rename 'Software & Updates' label
Changed in software-properties (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

Ideally, Software & Updates would be just a panel in System Settings, not an app of its own. If so, by default it wouldn't show up in search results.

However, ideally top-level System Settings screens would show up in the search results anyway, so we'd be back where we started.

OS X addresses this problem in two ways: (1) Any "System Preferences" panels are in their own category, separate from "Applications", in search results. (2) They have generic toggle-switch icons, rather than the icons you would see inside System Preferences itself. <> That avoids confusion between Bluetooth settings vs. the Bluetooth File Access app, Startup Disk settings vs. the Disk Utility app, etc.

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