Linked by snydeq on Fri 9th Jul 2010 17:33 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister discusses 10 ways locked-down app store delivery models limit choice for developers -- and ultimately hurts users. The model, best known in the form of Apple's notoriously finicky iPhone App Store, has established an entirely new relationship between software vendors and consumers, one some are calling 'curated computing,' a mode in which choice is constrained to deliver more relevant, less complex experiences. This model, deemed essential to the success of tablets, provides questionable value to developers, undermining their interests in a variety of ways. From disproportionate profit cuts, to curator veto powers, to poor security, fragmentation, and hostility to free software, developers must sacrifice a lot to 'curated computing' to get their wares into the hands of end-users.
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App stores don't limit developers.
by yokem55 on Sat 10th Jul 2010 16:46 UTC
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The companies that push their app store as the one and only way of getting 3rd party applications onto a device are. If you think about it, app stores have been around since Debian first came up with apt and created well maintained, "curated", repositories. Nothing new or controversial about that at all. Developers have a means of getting their wares distributed and installed on user devices/machines easily, in a way that well integrates with the platform. The problem is when the platform vendor decides to lock out any other means of getting software onto a device so as to have total control over the user experience, thus leaving developers that want to push the envelope of the platform more out in the cold.

In the end, "Curated computing" vs. "Open Computing" isn't a Zero sum game. You can have a well curated experience while on occasion stepping outside the garden with minimal long term impact.

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