Kind of like the iPhone App Store, but for Linux
According to a story in PCWorld, a bunch of Linux vendors are getting together to build a unified application store so that users can easily find the software they want and install it.
Those who have an Apple iPhone, a device running Google’s Android OS or some other fancy-schmancy phone are familiar with the concept — visit an app store, run a search, click a button and watch the chosen program install. According to the aforementioned article, developers from Red Hat, Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu, openSUSE, Mandriva and Mageia are working on a common application store that will work across their respective Linux distributions.
This is an intriguing development for at least two reasons. For one thing, installing programs under Linux about a decade or so ago took some serious work, similar to a Microsoft DOS operation rather than the “click and wait” process common to windows. Second, Ubuntu has had something similar to an app store for some time — it’s called the Ubuntu Software Center and it’s full of programs that are easy to find and install.
In fact, one of the more appealing aspects of Ubuntu is its Software Center. While some of us like Ubuntu quite well, there are those who prefer other Linux distributions. A unified applications store that cuts across several platforms, then, should come as good news for some people not using Ubuntu.
Also, a unified store is great news on another front. One of the issues facing Linux users is that there are several distributions of it and the software that runs fine under one might not work on another. That compatibility issue becomes considerably more minor when there’s a unified attempt to make software available that works well under several distributions.
Finally, there are the new users to consider. Making it easy for us to find software easily can only help Linux grow in popularity.
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