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Bug 126723 - Distinguish free from commercial plugins on the main page
Summary: Distinguish free from commercial plugins on the main page
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: updatecenters
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Pluginportal (show other bugs)
Version: 6.x
Hardware: All All
: P3 blocker (vote)
Assignee: Jan Pirek
Depends on:
Reported: 2008-02-05 14:47 UTC by softwarevisualization
Modified: 2012-01-03 10:15 UTC (History)
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Description softwarevisualization 2008-02-05 14:47:29 UTC
On the main page of the plug-in portal, which as of today is

RFE 1 
The UI device to switch from a  tag cloud to a alphabetically sorted list, which displays the number of items in a
category, is located at the bottom of the page, which page is long enough now to scroll. I, a first time user,  missed
the device completely. If it was at the top and had a label, even one that said "change views" or better "view as list"
"view as tag cloud" , people would be less likely to miss it. 

RFE 2 
Currently it's not possible to determine if a plug-in is commercial or not except by navigating to each plug-ins
individual, full description page.  This is burdensome. As the number of plugins grows, the situation will get worse.
But that information is useful to people who only want free plugins or to people who want commercially supported plugins
or even to marketers who are trying to determine market opportunities. 

Filtering by license may provide limited value since the majority of open licenses may be GPL2 + classpath or it's
equivalent, but it would be good if users at had the option of filtering by commercial or not.

Thank you for reading this.
Comment 1 David Botterill 2008-02-05 17:05:45 UTC
Thanks for the feedback!

RFE 1 
Good input!  Look for this on the next version due out soon.

RFE 2 
This is a valid requirement.  The implementation might be difficult given the license field is a String.  I'll research
ways to at least limit the search text to a particular field like "license".
Comment 2 David Botterill 2008-04-12 19:51:11 UTC
RFE 1 - implemented.
Comment 3 Jiri Kovalsky 2012-01-02 14:39:59 UTC
RFE #1 is still valid. There is no easy way to filter out free plugins from the commercial ones.
Comment 4 Jan Pirek 2012-01-03 08:29:42 UTC
Question: how do we find that plugin is commercial? Based on price>0 or on the license type? For example License type is freetext field in the plugin form, so it would be uneasy to tell by that. 
Comment 5 Jiri Kovalsky 2012-01-03 09:55:48 UTC
I am afraid that this would require adding a brand new plugin property.

Other opinions anyone?
Comment 6 Jan Pirek 2012-01-03 10:15:03 UTC
I agree that this requires new property. It came to my mind as well. Implementing this is not big deal. I only wonder of how to set that for existing plugins. Maybe based on the price? I mean if price>0 set it as commercial.