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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I see. It's bullshit because you don't care to understand that distributions are separate products from separate organizations.

At last, one of them has finally understood.

Yes, when it happens on Android, it's called fragmentation. Fragmentation within the space of a single distribution is the same thing.

The following link is a list of custom ROMs for the Droid Incredible (the phone I own):

And this list is not even including ROMs for Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). I have installed many of these roms, and some of them are as different as many Linux distros are from each other. So you can't on one hand claim that Android is like a single distro that all roms run on, and then on the other hand say that all Linux distros are like operating systems, and should be considered completely separate from each other.

If you still want to argue that Android is just another Linux distro, consider this:

If you go to the website of an Android app, it will say that 'this is an Android app'. If you go to a website of a Linux app, it will say 'this is a Linux app'. It doesn't say 'this is a Fedora app' or this is a Ubuntu app'. To further illustrate my example, consider Amarok:

At the very top, it says:

Amarok is a powerful music player for Linux and Unix, MacOS X and Windows with an intuitive interface.

So if you still want to ask why Linux distros shouldn't be considered as different operating systems (such as Windows or OSX), there's your answer.

Even if Android technically runs on top of Linux, Linux itself is a brand, just like Android or iOS. So you can't claim that all Linux distros are exempt from not needing a unified app store, because after all... they're Linux distros, just like roms that run on Android are Android roms.

On one hand, you're right when you say many products (such as TomTom or Garmin) run on the Linux kernel and are really different entities. But the 'marketing' for most (if not all) of these Linux distros clearly identify themselves as either being Linux or Linux-based, so why would it be wrong for someone to assume that all Linux-based distros should be able to use the same app store/repository, if we also assume that different variants of Android do?

Edited 2011-05-16 02:13 UTC

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