I also agree with @PulkoMandy and @Starcrasher on this. Horizontal scrolling seems a bad idea to me. I also have serious problem on other OS GUIs where they now use scrollbars as second class citizens and you need to search to find it and it’s not always easy to grab it. We certainly need to improve the layout of “Featured packages” list (which displays an annoyingly small amount of items) but this is not the way.
And since I am on this, this is what I think of HaikuDepot:
- Name is totally fine
- Featured packages area, already commented, needs improvement to display more information
- I think categories work well
- I always had a confusion on where the search exactly applies. Now I just realized that it applies to the tab that is active on screen, which I find consistent. Don’t know if my confusion means something or not.
In general, for my needs, I think HaikuDepot works well enough and we need to be very cautious when doing changes to its UI. It’s simple, fast and good in user feedback.
I have used various software stores on Linux for many years now and they are not better. My main problem, most of the times, was some weird lag and lack of on time feedback on whether something was actually installed or not. Things have improved and bugs have been eliminated for the most part. But I never had such a problem with HaikuDepot’s feedback on application installation.
Concluding, I agree with the general approach of welcoming a newcomer with a tour on the desktop, maybe showing WebPositive with the user guide and even putting a HaikuDepot link on the desktop.