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Novell to launch app store

Novell to launch app store

Novell is hoping to better educate users as to the benefits of open source software - specifically, Novell's open source software - with the launch of an app store.

On-line stores for third parties to sell their applications for your platform might be all the rage in the mobile arena at the moment, but Novell reckons that desktop Linux is about due.

According to an article over on PC Pro, Novell is looking to make an Apple App Store-style site offering open-source software packages.

Due to début in the next openSUSE build of Moblin – the Intel-sponsored Linux distribution aimed at netbooks – the store will feature everything you've come to expect from such a site: one-click downloads, a rich user interface, and a wide range of packages available at launch. Where it differs is in the cost: due to the open source nature of the software on offer, Novell won't be asking for a single penny in exchange for a download.

Vice president of business development Holger Dryoff believes that netbooks have a lot in common with smartphones – a sector already enjoying the benefits of centralised application marketplaces – saying that “there's a core experience [with both netbooks and smartphones], but then the ability to customise that experience.” Speaking about the open source app store itself, Dryoff stated that the end-user will simply see “an open-source applications store with one-click downloads of new software. Unlike the other stores though, they won't have to pay for any of those applications, which will be very attractive.

The effort isn't entirely altrustic in nature, of course: aside from being aimed at Novell's own range of Linux distributions, the company sees the launch of the store as “a new way of marketing open source[, and also] a method of educating people about the benefits of open source.

While the company has clearly been thinking about the details behind this, there has been no mention of a firm launch date yet.

Does Novell have a neat idea on its hands, or is the company simply re-inventing the already existing concept of software repositories? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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amacieli 10th June 2009, 20:28 Quote
For your average linux junkie, this will be a waste of time. For mainstream adoption of linux, this could be a good step. Something else they could do is create a centralized help desk (some sort of moderated wiki?), so people with issues wouldn't have to go trawling through 25,000,000 pagelinks from Google only to get sarcastic and half-complete answers from people with the "if you don't know I'm not going to tell you" kind of attitude.
StooJ 11th June 2009, 00:08 Quote
How does this differ from, say, the Add/Remove programme in Ubuntu?
Jenny_Y8S 11th June 2009, 01:50 Quote
I don't see how "yet another" way of getting software on to a linux box is going to help popular adoption.

Problem is there are too many distributions and too much "hacking" required if you want to tinker.

And that is why linux is "mainly" still the preserve of web hosting, geeks, nerds, fanboys and accademics.
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