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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My opinion that multiple repositories (such as free, contrib, non-free) is non-consequential to the lay customers, the target Appstore is suppose to service.

Most "repository" related suggestions fail to take note that multiple repositories only serve to increase distro fragmentation and loss of customer mindshare. The is one of the reasons why Linux desktops for the masses fail to take off.

One also should not assume that commercial vendors and software developers are capable and ready to maintain multiple repositories (if they want to, in the first place).

As of now, application distribution is best provided via standardisation and formalised application store logic. Following the path of least resistance, customers with exceptional demands may get additional "application fixes" via manual sideloading or "informal" repositories (e.g. kinda like PPAs for ubuntu)

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