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As a non-designer I have noticed that the apps and Open Store are rather inconsistent. I'm well aware that there are UT design rules to follow, nevertheless when searching apps in the Open Store I cannot ignore the diversity of app icon designs.
As a newcomer I can understand the freedom designers are given on the UT platform and that's great, yet I would have expected to find a more uniform design.
In this thread I would like to encourage users to put forward their suggestions for improvements, a meeting place where users and designers/devs can discuss design wishes in general, not aimed at specific apps, nor should it become a place for designers to promote their own apps.
I'll start with my own suggestions below, hopefully we'll get to the point where we can all benefit from the positive critical opinions and suggestion.
To those lurking at UT the Open Store seems rather inconsistent. Same goes for non-English headers (noticed quite a few Cyrillic and Spanish ones). Nothing wrong with national oriented apps but a decent English header (with native language description) adds to a better search experience imho.
Another suggestion is to add/assign a simple and unique identifier within the app icon design that might contribute to a higher download rate and could make (potential) users feel more confident about downloading their basic apps knowing they have been marked as 'safe to use'.
The unique identifier (thinking a quality marking) could be consistent element/background color/marking to each app that is AppArmor confined. In addition a selection option in the drop down menu in the Open Store could be added in order to sort by App Armor confined apps. That way it should be easier for newcomers to identify 'trustworthy' apps, do a quick search on confined apps to install and go from there.
This could make users more comfortable to install the AppArmor confined apps and encourage devs to make apps in accordance with the AppArmor rules/restricted permissions. When users feel more comfortable having used AppArmor confined apps and being more familiair with terminal commands then the threshold for adding unconfined apps or using Libertine based applications will be much lower.
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Please forgive my ignorance on this one....
How hard would it be for The Document Foundation to make an Office Suite for Ubuntu Touch app? (not referring to Libertine here)
Making a fork of Collabora Office like @stanwood suggested would take time too, while LibreOffice is a near perfect existing solution already, widely spread and well maintained. Wouldn't it make sense to team up or have a UT community effort to raise the funds necessary to have The Document Foundation create a UT version based on existing Ubuntu one? Especially now there should be extra interest from their side now that the number of Linux devices/phones with Ubuntu Touch is rapidly increasing. If necessary a LibreOffice 'Lite' version may me good enough for on the go. Having a Ubuntu Touch LibreOffice app can have a lot of positive side effects as well.
I know it all comes down to staff available. Yet a guesstimated time on altering and maintaining a LibreOffice for UT would do to satisfy my curiosity.
In general I'd love to see the possibility to have the same core apps on both Ubuntu Desktop and Ubuntu Touch. Ultimately synchronizing both like other OS's would be ideal.
Like your idea.
What if we could set up a marketplace on this forum (thinking a separate submenu) like a bulletin board including a crowdfunding feature. Others might be interested in that specific app to be developed and may want to contribute to have it made on shorter notice or special request features.
Not sure if this would be against the UBports regulations but I can definitely see added value in bringing together demand (very defined functions) and developers to earn a predefined sum of money. Win-win.
But 'I'm such a happy UT user' does not a good Q&A question make.
That may be, this is a good place starting to express it though
I'm such a happy UT user
Will there be details available?
This information will make it easier for buyers to order with confidence and should reduce the number of returns.
New users get some default apps when installing Ubuntu Touch, which is great and will give them the feeling they'll start of fresh and secure with AppArmor confined apps.
The default camera app (qtubuntu-camera) however does not work as it's supposed to. One has to figure out how to get an other app working like GStreamer-droid and be 'forced' to use terminal from the start. A camera app is generally considered to be 'a must have' for the majority. When considering a switch from mainstream OS's, a fawlty default camera app is a letdown, a presumed sign on the wall and an easy reason for new users to turn away from UT.
I'm not a developer, so please forgive my ignorance when underestimating the complexity, but it feels to me the qtubuntu camera app deserves some priority and be fully functional soon-ish especially now UT is expanding rapidly.
Can we have an update on that please, with timeframe preferably?
Like @Mario-CH says, this issue is not limited to VP.
Same thing happened on my OP3T, thought it was fixed (https://forums.ubports.com/category/69/google-pixel-3a-3a-xl) but freezes keep coming and chances of lock-ups increasing when 3 or more apps have been opened simultaniously.
@arubislander Yes I believe I did follow a tutorial back then when it was clear the installer did not work properly for the device, but more likely it was me as a newbie to have caused the situation.
The only simple way to recover from this situation is to run the device through the installer again, but indeed unselecting / unticking the 'wipe data' checkbox when installing.
Does that imply I do not need to manually back up all dat now (like calender entries)? Just to be sure.... Using the installer and not wiping data sounds like the easiest way to have a proper installation again while data remains on the device.
Thanks for confirming. There should be some kind of stand alone/non-cloud service tool for such trivial processes, but I can understand resources for it have not been made available for it yet. However, if we as a platform would like to see UBports going more mainstream the need for it seems obvious.
Hopefully there's an easy way and someone can point me in the right direction so I will again be able to enjoy my 3T - stable only that is -.
When searching the forum I have not found an easy (and conclusive) way to store them externally and be able to import them after fresh install of UT without using cloud services. Afaik there's no manager to perform those tasks and since I'm not that good with terminal commands I'm quite hesitant. Has any of you have succesfully completed such a process?
Thank you for the UBinstaller suggestion and reminder not to wipe data whilst being in the process. I was kind of expecting that one. Not feeling really comfortable going that route considering the initial installing process has been a real pita, just glad 'it works' as it is.
With the new OTA annouced for next week I realized I'd better switch back to stable. Looks like solving this via a quick fix has been wishfull thing on my part
On the positive side of things, a thorough new flash might finally solve the issues that have accumulated over the past months (or break it....) and a fresh start may be the better option.
When changing to stable channel I get stuck and probably overlooking something.
Any help/pointers how to change channel RC -> Stable would be appreciated. Thanks!
Since last update of the app I noticed that some sources for my RSS feeds (uRsses / @darkeye ) do not load anymore. In uAdblock currently all 18 filters are applied.
Tried to search by domains in the filter overviews provided by the link in the post above (thanks @domubpkm ). Searching for a specific domain did not result in pin pointing the filter causing the blacklisting.
Looking for the best and easiest way to whitelist specific domains to allow them as exceptions to uAdblocker in order to allow them to be available in RSS feeds and Morph Browser.
Any pointers would be much appreciated. Thanks.
Trying to figure out what would be the significant benefits of the Volla 22 over a OnePlus 6T (8/128) running UT.
Assuming I will have it running UBports and not looking for trazillion megapixel camera options, both screens are > 400 ppi, what should make me walk away from the 6T that can be had at appr. €120 (used)? The 4500 mAH removable battery (6T=3700 mAH non-rem.)??
Not intending to bash the Volla 22 offer (earliest backer), however wouldn't a Pinephone pro (linux mainline kernel) be a more obvious choice when it comes to helping the Linux community push forward?