Mozilla's web app store debuts in Firefox for Android
Posted Oct 23, 2012 8:48 UTC (Tue) by khim
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Good offer. Now you've reached (at least in your mind) the state of oh-so-hostile-and-non-free Apple's AppStore. To make something like Android's AppStore reality you need to develop good sandboxing (and accompanying set of permissions) first.
It's true that repos and AppStores are two points in the same continuum, but [contrary to the common belief] repos are years behind in the direction which matters.
This is the same story again and again: geek community solves 99% of the problem, and then stops. Years later commercial company solves the same problem 100% (and thus makes it available for Joe Averages) and geeks howl: "WTF, we had this for years". No, you didn't.
Here is another example: think remote access. Unix (and Linux) had it from the start (because of network transparency). But… the most common scenario Joe Average may need is pretty simple: it's waaay too late, I'm still on the work, I want to go home and finish the work from there. Can I somehow reach these windows I have opened on my desktop right now? Windows got the answer in 2001 (with Windows XP) and it worked fine ever since. Linux... still does not have a satisfying answer. Some distributions offer VNC-based solutions (which are not as capable because anyone who's still in office can interfere), but venerable X with all it's "network transparency" claims is still not usable for that.
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