Add generic names to the applications in our menu who are only "branded names"
For example Brasero, Audacity, Thunderbird doesn’t tell you anything about what these applications do.
- Dasher → Dasher Text Input System
- Brasero → Brasero CD/DVD Burner
- Sound Juicer → Sound Juicer CD Ripper
- Audacity → Audacity Sound Editor
- OnionShare → OnionShare File Sharing
- Thunderbird → Thunderbird Email Client
- KeePassXC → KeePassXC Password Manager
- Inkscape → Inkscape Image Editor
- GtkHash → GtkHash Checksum Calculator
We could try to suggest these changes upstream and otherwise patch the .desktop files ourselves.
#3 Updated by intrigeri 2020-03-14 13:23:51
I’ve marked this as related to Feature #17077 because the problem this solution is about:
- only exists in the Applications menu: in the Overview, for many (most?) of these examples, typing the desired function (e.g. “burner”) yields the corresponding application (e.g. Brasero)
- would have a slightly different solution if we used the Overview: instead of renaming apps, we could add keywords to the
.desktopfile (keywords are considered when searching); chances are that such a change would be much easier to upstream, in many cases, than renaming apps as proposed here.
#4 Updated by sajolida 2020-03-20 02:08:52
What we’re trying to solve here is a learnability issue: users wondering
what the heck Dasher is about. Typing “burner” in the Overview won’t
Regarding this learnability issue, the Overview is actually doing a bit
worse than the Applications menu because the space available for the
name of each app is much smaller (less than half). See GIMP for example.
But I like having lots of “Related to” anyway :)