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With gnome-shell there is where a developer could easily submit and distribute an self written gnome-shell extension.

What's the preferred way with a self written Unity Lens? Creating an PPA for a Lens seems more work than uploading the files to a website. On the other hand nobody could find my self written Lens when I'm only create an PPA?!

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Publishing your Lens in the Software Centre would be the best bet. There isn't a dedicated section for Lenses at this time, but that seems like the sort of things that would change in the future.

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