Maybe this belongs as a ticket - but before that I would like to discuss my (little harsh) feelings about Haiku Depot.
If you search for “Lato” and select Category, which category does the Font belong to? - Thats right, it has no category you can filter it in. And its the same with all fonts, probably for more categories as well.
I often check depot.haiku-os.org for updated and new software, sorted by recent updates. It would make sense to have the option to sort by update in “Depot”.
The name HaikuDepot
The naming in Haiku is for some parts bad, in 1999 we didnt know better but today 2018 - wouldnt it be better to use a more modern naming for our applications/preferences? I would suggest we rename HaikuDepot to “Software Store” or something that makes sense.
About the name: what about “Play Store” on Android? People do get it eventually. So they should get away with “Haiku Depot” (it really sounds like “Home Depot” or whatever store brand).
Usually we also hint at the meaning by application icons. We probably need larger icons in deskbar application menu, and maybe a better icon for HaikuDepot. “Software Store” sounds a bit boring for a name, maybe…
Categories: it is up to the user community to go on depot.haiku-os.org and categorize stuff. Also don’t forget to write review for your favourite and also your most hated software.
I don’t care that much about the name but there should be a way to find the newest or updated files In HaikuSoftwarePalace by using a filter similar to: depot.haiku-os.org where you can categorize and see whats new!
I like it because of the second…
Most names are in English so it would make sense to translate them for complete anarchy and chaos! Ahm… better not!
I must admit, I had the same thought when I first used Haiku. “Software Depot” perhaps? Also, in the UK Depot sounds more of a place that Truck (Semi?) or Bus drivers hang around in. 8o)
Another point, and I realise this probably says more about my state of mind than anything else, there’s a couple of things that trigger me with OS provided software. First is having the OS name in the app name - not a fan of that as it seems rather superfluous and takes up valuable screen real estate. Second, is having CamelCase app names without spaces in the launcher Applications listing. Does anyone else find that mildly offputting?
As someone who has recently created a software demo capture/sharing/install app for work, I must say requiring the developer to add at least one category by default is a good thing. With an ever expanding library of extensions, some being very rarely required (like a very specific font as in this example), I don’t think it’s reasonable to expect the community to categorise all extensions accurately and completely when the developer is best placed to pick a category.
Of course as a newb here I’m totally ok with people disagreeing with me. I’m just saying I definitely see @konrad’s point of view.
There are only few developers creating native software. Most of the regular addtitions are ports by people often not particularly attached to the software (which isn’t a problem, and frankly would be impossible if you compare the number of people creating the recipes with the number of apps/libs/etc. they add to Haiku’s software environment).
So the categorization, translation, adding of icons and screenshots etc. falls on the volunteers in the community. Some of that volunteers are the above mentioned developers and porters. Anyone with at least a bit of a track record in the community can join in.
Nope. The recipes don’t include a category setting.
I think one rational behind it is that categories can be managed centrally. Otherwise we may end up many/weird categories when people’s imagination is the limit.
Setting a category at HDS is very easy. One can even export a cvs list of all apps and their categories, edit in a spreadsheet and import it back. We did this for Google Code In tasks in the past. It wasn’t a very popular task for some reason…
If people don’t want to apply for the needed permissions at HDS, send me a PM, mail or open a thread with a list of packages and their needed category, and I’ll do it.
I agree with this. Though font size can be increased, icons stay small. In my personal opinion, the XFCE Whisker menu has nice ideas that could be used, though I think this could be dealt with after beta is out.