Activity log for bug #237254

Date Who What changed Old value New value Message
2008-06-04 04:05:46 Bryn Hughes bug added bug
2008-06-04 04:11:52 Bryn Hughes description Binary package hint: synaptic This is more of a feature request than a bug, but it strikes me as kind of odd that Synaptic can't let you sort packages by their "popularity-contest" data... Lots of users have popularity-contest turned on, so that data is going somewhere. Now, when any given user goes to install a package, there's a VERY good chance that the package they are looking for will be near the top of the list. Examples: Bob wants to try a different music player on Ubuntu because he isn't completely happy with Rhythmbox. He searches in Synaptic for "iPod" and gets 40+ results, sorted alphabetically. He's a new user to Ubuntu and has no idea about things like KDE and Gnome, or what GTK is. He really is looking for the most commonly installed tools since they will also be easier for him to get help with Mary is looking through the "Games" listings in Synaptic. She just wants to quicky find something "Fun" and finds over 900 packages listed under "Games and Amusements (universe)". She gets part way through "a" before she gives up Binary package hint: synaptic This is more of a UI feature request than a bug, but it strikes me as kind of odd that Synaptic can't let you sort packages by their "popularity-contest" data... Lots of users have popularity-contest turned on, but commonly used tools like Synaptic don't have a method to display that information. Users are probably looking for more commonly-used pieces of software rather than some of the more esoteric and specialized packages out there. If you already know what you are looking to install, Synaptic provides a fine interface for finding what you need. When you are just looking for "something new" however it doesn't do so well. Examples: Bob wants to try a different music player on Ubuntu because he isn't completely happy with Rhythmbox. He searches in Synaptic for "iPod" and gets 40+ results, sorted alphabetically. He's a new user to Ubuntu and has no idea about things like KDE and Gnome, or what GTK is. He really is looking for the most commonly installed tools since they will also be easier for him to get help with. Mary is looking through the "Games" listings in Synaptic. She just wants to quicky find something "Fun" and finds over 900 packages listed under "Games and Amusements (universe)". She gets part way through "a" before she gives up.
2008-06-04 08:42:12 James Westby synaptic: status New Confirmed
2008-06-04 08:42:12 James Westby synaptic: importance Undecided Wishlist
2008-06-04 08:49:23 Sarah Kowalik synaptic: status Confirmed New
2008-06-04 09:07:00 James Westby synaptic: status New Confirmed
2009-02-20 13:00:47 James Westby bug assigned to synaptic (Debian)
2009-03-11 01:36:57 Bug Watch Updater synaptic: status Unknown New
2010-02-19 20:42:18 Jean-Baptiste Lallement synaptic (Ubuntu): status Confirmed Triaged
2015-06-01 18:20:43 philhuang bug added subscriber philhuang