Quotes of the week
Posted Mar 26, 2012 14:36 UTC (Mon) by khim
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Remember that most existing Linux users are generally happy with what the distributions give them (or else they wouldn't be Linux users in the first place).
Bingo! The problem: more and more of them are stopping being Linux users.
Your only hope to get people to accept the »Linux app store« is by convincing distributions to stop including stuff that users can get from the app store, and to tell their users to get that stuff from the app store instead.
Nope. Much simpler and easier way is to convince third-party developers to release goodies for your app store and not for general-purpose Linux. If you can not convince them then the whole thing will be a bust (Linux has huge problems with commercial software while FOSS is supported adequately by existing distributions). If you can then people will use your app store for the lack of choice.
For these distributions, since they basically include every interesting FLOSS package already and have enough volunteers to package stuff, the selling point would probably be the convenient availability of non-FLOS software.
Yup. If you'll convince enough third-party non-FOSS developers to participate in project then people will start using app store to get these apps. If some FOSS developers will start releasing their goodies via this scheme it'll be added bonus.
In any case, not working with the distributions would be quite misguided, simply because approximately every single Linux user will be using one distribution or another just to get at the app store.
Why are you so sure? You can just provide package for a few major distributions. You don't need to cooperate with distribution makers and play their politics for that.
That distribution may well be a basic get-at-the-app-store one (Chrome OS comes to mind) but the existence of such a distribution will not make Debian or Red Hat go away.
Right. It's not our goal to kill Debian or Red Hat. But since cooperation with them does not make our life easier…
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