Linked by Kostis Kapelonis on Sat 14th May 2011 15:43 UTC
General Development Application stores are growing everywhere like mushrooms. While users have initially embraced application stores because of the ease they offer with application installation, developers have several complaints. Division of profits from paid application and ineffectiveness of the screening process are among the major issues. Are application stores the best distribution channel possible? Can they satisfy both developers and users?
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On the repository side, one can have the best of both worlds.

Debian's standard repositories for stability and consistency; Main, Contrib, Non-free.


Third party repositories for developer managed packages (availability); Webmin, Mondo Rescue, Firefox 4 (iceweasel 4) and so on.

Subversion or similar methods can provide developers with a way to ship distribution neutral programs also if it's something like Metasploit that benefits from having the latest additions and isn't targeted at user's who'd have any issue using svn or scripting it into a system wide update process.

In general, the first two options, distro and third party repositories, can easily cover average user needs.

I'd also suggest that App Store style repositories could stand to deliver more consistancy. Something between Apple's heavy handed but staff and business strategy limited system and Google's easy to exploit wide open system.

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