No way to discern multiple versions of the same app (from different sources)

Bug #1670704 reported by Michał Sawicz on 2017-03-07
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Canonical System Image
Ubuntu UX
ubuntu-app-launch (Ubuntu)
unity8 (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

In the new world there's basically an infinite number of the same application you can have installed at the same time:

- snap
  - multiple different snaps can ship the same application
- libertine
  - you can have multiple containers with the same application
- deb
  - you could have a PPA added that has the same application under a different package name

Today the result is that the app drawer shows all of them, in undefined order. This makes it impossible to know which of them you launch.

=== Proposal 1 ===

In the app drawer, have "badges" for apps that have multiple versions installed, and a drop-down to select between the different versions.

Since we'd be grouping in the app drawer, I'd propose to group elsewhere in the shell (launcher, switcher), with icon badges indicating for each top-level window.

=== Proposal 2 ===

Have all the different versions listed as usual, but have unique badges for those that have multiple versions.

In this case we'd treat all of them as completely separate in the rest of the shell as well.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 17.04
Package: unity8 8.15+17.04.20170303.1-0ubuntu1 [origin: LP-PPA-ci-train-ppa-service-2481]
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.10.0-9.11-generic 4.10.0
Uname: Linux 4.10.0-9-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: zfs zunicode zavl zcommon znvpair
ApportVersion: 2.20.4-0ubuntu2
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: Unity:Unity7
Date: Tue Mar 7 15:15:58 2017
InstallationDate: Installed on 2016-05-06 (304 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS "Xenial Xerus" - Release amd64 (20160420.1)
SourcePackage: unity8
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to zesty on 2016-11-22 (105 days ago)

Michał Sawicz (saviq) wrote :
Ted Gould (ted) on 2017-03-07
Changed in ubuntu-app-launch (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Ted Gould (ted)
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in ubuntu-app-launch (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in unity8 (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Ted Gould (ted) on 2017-03-21
Changed in ubuntu-app-launch (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
Ted Gould (ted) on 2017-04-12
Changed in ubuntu-app-launch (Ubuntu):
assignee: Ted Gould (ted) → nobody
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