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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by EULA on Tue 17th May 2011 03:13 UTC
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2011-05-17

This article is little more than rehashed anti-Apple freetard fluff. Let's start with this gem:

"While this decade seems to be based on distributed systems/clouds and open standards, the application store is essentially a step backwards."

You seem to have completely misunderstood the "cloud" trend; it is, in its most basic sense, the delivery of content and services to users via a thin client (such as a Web browser). The delivery process itself is opaque; this is why the complex nature of the Internet has been condensed into a picture of a cloud. This is why the details behind Google's data centers are kept secret.

Just because the front-end of the cloud architecture is based on open standards does not mean that the market must be vast, diverse, and decentralized. On the contrary, it is already quite clear that only a handful will dominate -- among them Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon -- with that number only shrinking as time goes on.

For all of the innovation pioneered by Linux package managers, it was irrelevant in the consumer space precisely because it was limited to a tiny sliver of Linux users. The fact is that Apple was the first company to turn the concept of a centralized software distribution channel into a significant commercial success.

Is this centralization a cause for concern? No more so than it is in the case of Facebook and Google, both of whom collect untold amounts of data about you and are explicitly in the business of selling that data to advertisers. How is it that Apple is always singled out from the rest? Is it because it has greater public visibility? Is it because nerds consistently turn a blind eye to Eric Schmidt's flagrant disregard for personal privacy?

Honestly, whining about the App Store is probably the last thing that should be on your mind as a technology writer. No one is saying that the process is perfect, and it will inevitably get better over time, but one aspect that will not change is centralization. It's not an Apple problem; it's an industry problem. You either start calling everyone out on it, or you go back to analyzing the newest Linux process scheduler.

With the exception of the last one, your "predictions" are laughable.

P.S. Suggesting that iOS users are under an imminent malware threat is either pure delusion or intellectual dishonesty. Write something when you have real evidence, rather than uninformed speculation and scare tactics.

P.P.S. If you really need your porn fix on iOS, you have the entire OPEN Web at your fingertips.

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