unable to remove the "Apps Available for Download" section from Applications Lens

Bug #785101 reported by Thor Arne Kolberg on 2011-05-19
This bug affects 38 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ayatana Design
Bernhard Reiter
Bernhard Reiter
unity (Ubuntu)
Bernhard Reiter
unity-lens-applications (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: unity

I am unable to remove the "Apps Available for Download" section. The section is really annoying for normal use. We don't have to know why we can download some random games every time we want to start an application. Also, it makes my netbook PC much slower than with Lucid Lynx.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.04
Package: unity 3.8.12-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.38-9.43-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.38-9-generic i686
NonfreeKernelModules: wl
Architecture: i386
CompizPlugins: [core,bailer,detection,composite,opengl,compiztoolbox,decor,imgpng,mousepoll,vpswitch,resize,gnomecompat,snap,move,regex,wall,animation,unitymtgrabhandles,expo,place,grid,workarounds,session,ezoom,staticswitcher,fade,scale,unityshell]
CompositorRunning: compiz
 status: connected
 enabled: enabled
 dpms: On
 modes: 1024x600
 status: disconnected
 enabled: disabled
 dpms: Off
Date: Thu May 19 13:15:53 2011
DistUpgraded: Log time: 2011-04-30 12:11:19.040433
DistroCodename: natty
DistroVariant: ubuntu
 bcmwl,, 2.6.35-29-generic, i686: installed
 bcmwl,, 2.6.38-8-generic, i686: installed
 bcmwl,, 2.6.38-9-generic, i686: installed
 Intel Corporation N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:a011] (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
   Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:148a]
   Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:148a]
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu-Netbook 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" - Release i386 (20101007)
InstallationMedia_: Ubuntu-Netbook 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" - Release i386 (20101007)
InstallationMedia__: Ubuntu-Netbook 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" - Release i386 (20101007)
MachineType: Hewlett-Packard HP Mini 110-3100
ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.38-9-generic root=UUID=880ecf84-6374-47e6-a5df-527d6cefd903 ro quiet splash vt.handoff=7
ProcVersionSignature_: Ubuntu 2.6.38-9.43-generic
ProcVersionSignature__: Ubuntu 2.6.38-9.43-generic
Renderer: Unknown
SourcePackage: unity
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to natty on 2011-04-30 (18 days ago)
dmi.bios.date: 08/17/2010
dmi.bios.vendor: Hewlett-Packard
dmi.bios.version: F.13
dmi.board.asset.tag: Base Board Asset Tag
dmi.board.name: 148A
dmi.board.vendor: Hewlett-Packard
dmi.board.version: 79.49
dmi.chassis.asset.tag: Chassis Asset Tag
dmi.chassis.type: 10
dmi.chassis.vendor: Hewlett-Packard
dmi.chassis.version: Chassis Version
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnHewlett-Packard:bvrF.13:bd08/17/2010:svnHewlett-Packard:pnHPMini110-3100:pvr058F110000202B00000300100:rvnHewlett-Packard:rn148A:rvr79.49:cvnHewlett-Packard:ct10:cvrChassisVersion:
dmi.product.name: HP Mini 110-3100
dmi.product.version: 058F110000202B00000300100
dmi.sys.vendor: Hewlett-Packard
version.compiz: compiz 1:0.9.4+bzr20110415-0ubuntu2
version.libdrm2: libdrm2 2.4.23-1ubuntu6
version.libgl1-mesa-dri: libgl1-mesa-dri 7.10.2-0ubuntu2
version.libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental: libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental N/A
version.libgl1-mesa-glx: libgl1-mesa-glx 7.10.2-0ubuntu2
version.xserver-xorg: xserver-xorg 1:7.6+4ubuntu3
version.xserver-xorg-video-ati: xserver-xorg-video-ati 1:6.14.0-0ubuntu4
version.xserver-xorg-video-intel: xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.14.0-4ubuntu7.1
version.xserver-xorg-video-nouveau: xserver-xorg-video-nouveau 1:0.0.16+git20110107+b795ca6e-0ubuntu7

Related branches

Michal Hruby (community): Approve on 2011-11-16
Thor Arne Kolberg (tagreblok) wrote :
Hb (hbb) on 2011-05-31
tags: removed: i386
Harry van Haaren (harryhaaren) wrote :

Could you provide a screenshot of where that "Apps available for download" thing appears? I checked the global menu, but it doesn't appear there for me.. (Unity 3.8.10). Marking as opinion

Changed in unity:
status: New → Opinion
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Opinion
Thor Arne Kolberg (tagreblok) wrote :

Sorry no, because Ubuntu wont let me make a screenshot while in the global menu. :P
But press the magnifying glass with a + sign in the standard Unity menu that says "Programs" (at least in my Norwergian version).

This is a valid issue. There is another discussion here in launchpad about the search results in "Available for Download" section (like PornView being shown when you search by 'movie').

Marking as need-design, but I think that a checkbox in ccsm to disable this feature will be welcome.

summary: - Unity: unable to remove the "Apps Available for Download" section
+ unable to remove the "Apps Available for Download" section from
+ Applications Lens
Changed in unity:
status: Opinion → Incomplete
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Opinion → Incomplete
tags: added: needs-design
removed: apport-bug compiz-0.9 natty needs-reassignment regression-update running-unity ubuntu
Jeroen (08gr10) wrote :

Totally agree, the "apps available for download" addition to the Applications section is highly annoying. At least make it an option somewhere in System Settings to hide this.

Omer Akram (om26er) on 2011-09-06
Changed in unity-lens-applications:
status: New → Incomplete
John Lea (johnlea) on 2011-09-06
Changed in ayatana-design:
status: New → Opinion
Omer Akram (om26er) on 2011-09-06
Changed in unity:
status: Incomplete → Opinion
Changed in unity-lens-applications:
status: Incomplete → Opinion
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Opinion
EddyGz (eddy-goedzak) wrote :

The inflexibility of the dash is a big problem for me. Are there alternates?

LostOverThere (lostoverthere) wrote :

This is definitely a huge issue and one that needs addressing for 12.04. The Apps available for Download make the Dash look very unprofessional and visually cluttered.

Likewise, the "Frequently Used Apps" list in the Dash is useless too, as these applications almost always just mimic those seen in the launcher.

There should be an option to disable Frequently Used Apps and Apps Available for Download in ccsm.

If anyone is willing to put in the work I'll gladly accept a patch to lp:unity-lens-applications that uses GSettings to enable/disable searching in Most Used and/or Apps Available for Download.

Ping me on IRC , kamstrup, on the #ayatana channel on FreeNode if you need help.

Mister Hat (misterhat) wrote :

This shouldn't even be here in the first place.

Bernhard Reiter (ockham-razor) wrote :

I've just linked to https://code.launchpad.net/~ockham-razor/unity-lens-applications/lp785101 -- that branch introduces two gsettings options, hide-available-apps and hide-most-used-apps.
There's one big caveat, however: as I'm running natty, I could only build it, but not run or test it. So if you adventurous enough, feel free to try it out under oneiric or precise -- build and install it, and in a terminal, run

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.ApplicationsLens hide-available-apps true


gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.ApplicationsLens hide-most-used-apps true


Bernhard Reiter (ockham-razor) wrote :

If you're trying out my unity-lens-applications branch (seet comment #10), you'll probably also need my unity branch which I just linked to this bug report.

Bernhard Reiter (ockham-razor) wrote :

I've changed the options wording, so now it is

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.ApplicationsLens display-available-apps false


gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.ApplicationsLens display-most-used-apps false

Moving the gsettings schemas into lp:unity-lens-applications to make things a bit cleaner for Bernhard - see https://bugs.launchpad.net/unity-lens-applications/+bug/890660

Bernhard Reiter (ockham-razor) wrote :

Thx Mikkel. I'm now using that branch to include my gsettings options, so my unity branch is no longer needed and has been removed.

Changed in unity-lens-applications:
milestone: none → 5.0.0
Changed in unity:
milestone: none → 5.0.0
Changed in unity-lens-applications:
assignee: nobody → Bernhard Reiter (ockham-razor)
Changed in unity:
assignee: nobody → Bernhard Reiter (ockham-razor)
Changed in unity-lens-applications:
status: Opinion → Fix Committed
Changed in unity:
status: Opinion → Fix Committed
Changed in ayatana-design:
status: Opinion → Invalid
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Opinion → Fix Committed
assignee: nobody → Bernhard Reiter (ockham-razor)
Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2011-11-22
Changed in unity-lens-applications (Ubuntu):
status: New → Fix Committed
Omer Akram (om26er) on 2011-12-08
Changed in unity:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Changed in unity-lens-applications:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Changed in unity-lens-applications (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
importance: Wishlist → Low
importance: Low → Wishlist
dan the person (dantheperson) wrote :

This completely destroys the usability of unity. I'm dropping back to classic gnome shell until there is a sane application launcher. Unity otherwise looks very promising

Owais Lone (loneowais) wrote :

I'm using unity from ppa:unity-team/staging

I disabled the options in dconf-editor but application lens still shows both the sections.

Bernhard Reiter (ockham-razor) wrote :

Are you also using unity-lens-applications from that PPA?

Bernhard Reiter (ockham-razor) wrote :

Hm, I just noticed ppa:unity-team/staging has the 0.4 series of unity-lens-applications. My fix is in the 0.5 series which is going to be in Ubuntu 12.04 (precise), but apparently not being backported to 11.10 (oneiric).

Owais Lone (loneowais) wrote :

Hi, I installed yesterday's updates from the ppa and it seems to work now. Awesome! Finally got rid of the two unused sections.

Wouldn't it make sense to have the applications lens expanded by default when the 'downlaods' and 'frequestly used' are disabled?

Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2012-01-12
Changed in unity:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Changed in unity-lens-applications:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :
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This bug was fixed in the package unity - 5.0.0-0ubuntu1

unity (5.0.0-0ubuntu1) precise; urgency=low

  [ Didier Roche ]
  * New upstream release.
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    - unity-panel-service crashed with SIGSEGV in panel_service_show_entry()
      (LP: #861144)
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      panel_indicator_entry_accessible_get_n_children() (LP: #869816)
    - Launcher - Launcher icon for Dash does not highlight when the Alt+F1 key
      shortcut is pressed (LP: #849561)
    - compiz crashed with SIGSEGV in unity::PanelTray::FilterTrayCallback()
      (LP: #868868)
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      when "Sync To VBlank" is enabled, but only when Unity is active.
      (LP: #880707)
    - [regression] All apps have a lower frame rate under Unity. (LP: #861061)
    - compiz crashed with SIGSEGV in
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      unity::switcher::SwitcherController::OnBackgroundUpdate() (LP: #887465)
    - DashSearchBarSpinner.cpp:56: Conditional jump or move depends on
      uninitialised value(s) (LP: #901610)
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      switcher (LP: #914251)
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      Launcher (LP: #681348)
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      (LP: #843958)
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      activated (LP: #851172)
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      should unminimize all windows (LP: #854595)
    - Dash - The Dash category headers are positioned incorrectly
      (LP: #839467)
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      (LP: #861279)
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      should quit the application and (if the app is pinned to the Launcher)
      un-pin the application from the Launcher (LP: #870143)
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      integrated menu should be displayed for 2 seconds before fading out of
      view (LP: #874254)
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      pointer is over the top-left corner (LP: #890970)
    - Quicklist item using some special chars doesn't show at all
      (LP: #899677)
    - PanelView.cpp:370: Conditional jump or move depends on uninitialised
      value(s) (LP: #901602)
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Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Michal Hruby (mhr3) on 2012-03-14
Changed in unity-lens-applications (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
MM (mmme) wrote :

I'm running 12.04 LTS if this has been changed, then how do I remove this? I don't see any place in the System Settings or Unity to make a change?


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