On Ubuntu 20.04 I have opened Ubuntu Software program. I clicked on search icon and typed in
pinta. I have received two hits:
First confusion is, Pinta is listed twice. Inexperienced user has no clue why are they listed twice, so it may just click on first one - first solution is offered by Ubuntu Software. And it gets:
This is Pinta from official Ubuntu repository. In this case it is Pinta 1.6 which is 5 years old version and there is additional confusion License = Prorietary. But searching the license https://github.com/PintaProject/Pinta/blob/master/license-mit.txt Pinta is licensed as MIT open-source license.
Now back to first picture and select second option:
This is Pinta 1.7 freshly released one month ago using snap. Perfect. License = Free is also correct. But confusion is Developer = James Carroll. From snap store https://snapcraft.io/pinta-james-carroll it is clear James Carroll is snap package maintainer and not Pinta developer. Pinta developers are listed on project official web site https://www.pinta-project.com/contact
- Why does Ubuntu Software offer two version of Pinta and there is no distinction which one is from official distribution and which one is snap - I think average user should get some info like “recommended” or “new version” or anything that suggest which version to install.
- Why are there inconsistencies in program description. It looks like there are two different versions of program.
- Why are there so many “bugs” in metadata information? Where to report those bugs?
I also see similar situation searching “vlc” for media player.
- Different descriptions of the same software and not clear why are there two VLC versions. If clicked on first one it is clear it is VLC from Ubuntu repository and second one is VLC from snap. But interesting both are on 3.0.11 versions.
I don’t know if this is proper forum for Ubuntu Software discussion, but if it is, there is some room for improvements.