Improving Ubuntu's application upload process
Posted Sep 5, 2012 20:11 UTC (Wed) by mattdm
Parent article: Improving Ubuntu's application upload process
Apps like the beer-festival interactive advertisement are an artifact of the iPhone app store environment and the relatively limited features of mobile Safari. Such a thing is handy on one's phone, because it can provide an optimized user interface for a small space. Because of this and because of the mania over "there's an app for that", phone app stores are full of event-of-the-week apps — like for example LinuxCon for iPhone.
On a desktop or laptop, is there a point in making these things be "apps" rather than web sites? There are significant disadvantages in the app approach — all the things this project is trying to work around. The primary advantage is the app-as-info-channel expectation smartphone users have come to expect. Maybe that alone makes this worth doing, but since web sites are cross-platform and web browsers already widely deployed, I'm not convinced it's the best approach for this kind of thing.
Don't get me wrong — I'm all for making an easier interface for end-users to find and self-install applications. I'm just skeptical about that whole class of apps on non-phones. It's probably a more useful channel for games....
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