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Re: [opensuse-buildservice] Reworking the software search page
  • From: Kai-Uwe Behrmann <ku.b@xxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2012 17:42:54 +0100 (CET)
  • Message-id: <alpine.LNX.2.00.1203011720000.7727@siras.rasena>
Am 01.03.12, 12:05 +0100 schrieb Thomas Schmidt:
As part of the current boosters sprint[1] which aims at integrating
the appstream[2] project into our distribution we would like to enhance
the web view on our packages at software.o.o/search.

Great and very much appreciated. Usability could really be improved.

With the final target of an web-based appstore we began thinking of
how to display a package (app) to the user.
The challenge is to make available the matrix of different OS versions,
repositories and package versions in a clear way while making it easy for
the standard user to get the latest stable version for his OS without getting confused.

We see almost non relevant search results and have often enough to page through for what we want. Most of this comes due to versions mixing in and due to different repositories offering the same package, of course with modifications. Your current design looks to clean that up.

We already have a mockup available:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/294274/software.o.o/package-view.png

The page locks very clear, which appears nice. I like it.

As said, during the search come currently many many results up. One thing I like in modern search forms for example in OBS or susestudio is the presentation during typing in the search letters.

When typing in kate I would like to see Kate results first. If there is a package called kate with all lower letters then that of course on top. Packages like Kate-lang-de could follow later.

It would be cool if the search form can make a difference between searched
projects and theyr version number. So the search form (or page) lists real packages first, if the user found the correct one she/he can proceed to the right distribution and then go to whatever version is prefered.
It looks as your design covers that allready. Then take it as a confirmation ;-)

The "Go to OBS Project" link is missed.

I can imagine that the following runs out of scope for your project, but it is highly related. The nice Direct Install button would look good above Ubuntu and Fedora packages. Without that convenient one click install mechanism most user run screaming to each respective distribution as they feel lost os like second class users compared to openSUSE/SUSE.

Feedback appreciated :-)

Thanks for working on that.

[1] https://trello.com/board/appstream/4f156e1c9ce0824a2e1b8831
[2] http://distributions.freedesktop.org/wiki/AppStream

kind regards
Kai-Uwe
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