Free is too expensive (Economist)
Posted Mar 30, 2012 22:34 UTC (Fri) by khim
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The current package management frameworks already allows for that option.
Rilly? How to do this? Note that jcm said: I want to be able to go to a website on my Linux Desktop, click on "download this application for Linux" and have it just install and work.
If it's single link then obviously this is a single package which supports most of the Linux distributions and support both 32bit and 64bit flavors in the same package. Oh, and it supports different versions, too. I've already asked about the possibility and got nice explanation for why I can not do what I want.
Which is exactly what the articles like that one are talking about.
The software vendor also has the option of providing a Windows style GUI installer.
This is possible, but it's non-trivial, too. Essential ABIs are routinely rearranged and broken. LSB was supposed to offer some stable foundation, but it's not a platform, it's a joke: it does not support neither audio nor video output. For desktop in 2012 this is totally unacceptable.
The far bigger problem is the perception that the market is too small to bother with.
It's much worse: the perception is that market will never grow. WP7 has less users and more programs right now because people believe in Microsoft. They don't believe in Linux.
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