Free is too expensive (Economist)
Posted Mar 30, 2012 23:41 UTC (Fri) by anselm
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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.
Of course you can do what you want. The app store will know what sort of machine you have and what Linux distribution is installed, and will magically send you the correct package for your system. We don't need to futz around with packages containing several sets of binaries and stuff like that.
After all, the Google app store knows what sort of phone you have and can tell you beforehand whether an app will run on it, so there's no reason why a similar approach could not work for Linux. You will probably at some point have to register your machine with the app store (once).
It would be up to the app developer to provide the appropriate packages. Something like the SUSE build service might be helpful there. The app store could even (optionally) do the building/packaging on behalf of the developer. There would in any case be no guarantee that any app was available for any distribution/architecture combination, much like Android apps today don't run on every single device out there. If we ever manage to agree on a reasonable standardised platform for third-party apps then so much the better, but it's not essential for the concept to work.
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