Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Nov 2007 21:09 UTC, submitted by diegocg
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Canonical is announcing the availability of PPA: a Launchpad-integrated free service which allows anyone to get 1 GB of space to upload whatever software they want. Launchpad will compile it automatically and will set up an apt repository with your package to anyone who wants to use it. Aditionally, PPAs offer bug reporting and translation services.
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RE[2]: Patch...
by Temcat on Wed 28th Nov 2007 21:36 UTC in reply to "RE: Patch..."
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Unified binaries are needed for Linux to grow beyond of the hobbyist/enthusiast market. And it won't do it if you don't create comfortable environment for proprietary software, for reasons that I'm lazy to discuss tonight. Maybe it doesn't need such growth, but this is another question.

Lack of unified binaries creates duplication of packager work (go ask VMWare) and user frustration. They shouldn't and needn't be the primary means of packaging, but every distro that calls itself a desktop - whatever its native packaging system is - should support an alternative, optional unified packaging system. So that I could conveniently install Photoshop for Linux (hehe) bought and downloaded via CNR (hehe) in any desktop distro I choose.

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RE[3]: Patch...
by butters on Wed 28th Nov 2007 22:07 in reply to "RE[2]: Patch..."
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Proprietary software isn't a growth market, it's a hold-over from a bygone era that's slowly fading away. The new software products being adopted by businesses and consumers are overwhelmingly free software. It's not a market worth chasing. I'm content to let the proprietary software vendors chase us as the major free software platforms continue to gain marketshare.

There will be Adobe Photoshop for Linux. The only reason it's taken this long is because Adobe is hard at work overhauling their entire content creation portfolio to support their AIR framework, and while it will be proprietary software, I'm fairly confident that they will ship Linux packages.

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by wirespot on Wed 28th Nov 2007 23:23 in reply to "RE[2]: Patch..."
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Unified binaries are needed for Linux to grow beyond of the hobbyist/enthusiast market.

My Dad's been using Ubuntu for almost 2 years now on his home computer. Not that he knows or cares, he only recently conversationally asked what his computer was running. He nodded when I told him it's Ubuntu Linux and I bet he forgot about it right away.

I'm pretty sure he won't be coming to me anytime soon and say "Son, I think that Linux really needs unified binaries". 'Cause I'd be coughing some of that great pie that Mom makes around the room if he did. ;)

In other words, "Linux needs unified binaries" is only something that a geek/hobbyist would think to say. Regular people, who outnumber geeks greatly, don't know, don't care. They use computers like a VCR and that's all.

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