Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 315221
decide if we want to continue using Generic Names for major applications, or revert to each apps upstream Name
Last modified: 2014-03-16 23:08:48 EDT
Description of problem:
"Please update .desktop files to include the name of the app in the Name=
openoffice.org-1.9-writer.desktop to contain (something like):
Name=openoffice.org Word Processor"
and similar for other major top level "best of breed" applications.
We deliberately did this change as part of selecting what we felt to be the best
default choice for applications in every given niche to make it easy for a user
unfamiliar with all the various application names to find a useful app.
Do we want to continue with this, or revert to the upstream names, or do
something else entirely. It doesn't make sense to revert some apps, and not others
As discussed on the mailing list, the main problem is that there's no one
default application for a given task anymore now that there's the KDE spin too.
While in principle "best of breed" sounds like a good idea, in practice the
choices are heavily biased towards GNOME applications, and the KDE spin
defaults to the KDE equivalents instead. (While OO.o is technically not a GNOME
app, the KDE spin also has a different default, namely KOffice, there.) If the
KDE spin follows your same logic, users installing apps from both spins (which
is more frequent than you might think) will end up with 2 "E-Mail" menu items,
2 "Word Processor"s, 2 "IRC" items etc. and will have a really hard time
knowing which is which.
Compliance with the freedesktop.org spec is another good reason which was given
on the mailing list.
I thought the consensus on the mailing list was pretty clear, this needs to
change. Do we really have to rehash this discussion in this bug report?
As for the "to make it easy for a user unfamiliar with all the various
application names to find a useful app" argument, that doesn't make sense if we
go the "Name=openoffice.org Word Processor" route. That's not my favorite
choice (I think we should follow the freedesktop.org spec completely and use
Name and GenericName), but it works around the issue of GNOME ignoring
I don't mind sticking whatever the agreed text is into the .desktop files, but I
don't think it's at all clear what the consensus/desired solution is.
Is there any chance we can agree on this or do you want this to be ruled on by
FPC or some other committee?
I've stated my opinion on this here:
Changing version to '9' as part of upcoming Fedora 9 GA.
More information and reason for this action is here:
What's the resolution leading to this being closed?
to clear the "need-info" flag re "why was it closed": because I went with the consensus and these days the OOo apps are called "OpenOffice.org Writer" and Firefox is "Firefox Web Browser" in the desktop menus
So this means I won't get killed if I (in my position as comaintainer of xchat) change XChat's "Name=IRC" to "Name=XChat IRC"?
Unfortunately, 'XChat IRC' is in no way better than 'IRC'.
Unless you consider 2 incomprehensible terms > 1 incomprehensible term, that is.
Well, then why is the current name "IRC"?
I think "XChat IRC" is better because:
* it contains the word "chat" which is certainly more meaningful to new users than the "IRC" acronym and
* (IMHO most importantly) experienced users get to know which client is being run.