The snap store made it very easy to publish applications straight to Ubuntu desktop users. This has the unintended side-effect that it contains many low-quality and even broken applications.
I think that the snap store is in real danger of getting the reputation as “being full of broken apps”. This also impacts people’s view on how stable and useful Ubuntu is.
Are there any plans to address this issue? I’d like to have a free-form discussion first and see what’s already being done before I start filing bug reports etc.
- Making it possible for the community to help curate “editor’s picks”. For example, have a place to report broken “editor’s picks” applications such as Vectr.
- Surface reviews to the publishers. Currently publishers have to install Ubuntu and open the software center to see the feedback of users. https://github.com/canonical-web-and-design/snapcraft.io/issues/2248
- Have a way for publishers to remove old snaps. The minecraft-nsg snap, for example, is apparently abandoned, but it still shows up in the software center.
- Make the search algorithm smarter. Look further down below for an example. Adding keywords to the applications would be a great way to improve search results.
Search result example
Let’s say a user is looking for a more advanced screenshot tool. This is what Ubuntu Software offers them. (click on the image for much more results).
I annotated which are broken, irrelevant, and how many 5-star ratings each has. There is so much wrong in this picture.
- Why are so many broken apps right on top?
- Why are there so many irrelevant apps?
- Why are screencloud and winsnap above the spectacle snap? They’re all snaps and spectacle has much better and much more ratings.
- Why are all snaps strictly above
.debpackages, even if the snaps are reported broken by almost all reviewers?
- Why is “peruse” even in there since the only available channel is