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Re: Better visibility of "what can you do with Debian" on the Debian main page

Yaroslav Halchenko <debian@onerussian.com> writes:

> On Wed, 13 Apr 2011, Andreas Tille wrote:
> > I recently wondered if we should use the (buzz word) "application
> > store". I do not really like buzz words but we are de facto what
> > people understand behind this word. I have no idea if we might be
> > able to do better with the wording because usually you *buy*
> > something in a store, but Debian is some place where you get things
> > for free.

We might justify this on the basis that “store” doesn't necessarily mean
a place where you buy things, only a place where things are stored for
later use; e.g. a farm's grain store or a hospital's medicine store.

People new to free software are going to have untold assumptions about
terminology; the “no, it's a store where we store things for you, you
don't have to pay to use them” hurdle seems trivial in comparison to the
overall “free software” concept.

> +1 for the right line of thinking -- I kept using appstore analogy to
> regular mortals for a while to describe what Debian brings to their
> desktops.

Yes, the concept is one that people apparently understand easily, so we
should exercise it to make Debian's nature better understood.

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Ben Finney

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