Murphy's Law: Is it Time for an Open-Source App Store?

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jcb

I proposed this idea to my partner just a few months back. It is certainly heavy on peoples' minds as we all look for cheaper software that does a far better job than Microsoft products, and is far cheaper than  many other major  products.

 My partner is a Linux guru and I am the lowest common denominator end-user in many respects. I look to accomplish a project and his recommendations always point me to open-source web sites. There I find myself struggling to figure out why any human being would go through the learning curve of setting some of those applications up. My partner thinks that I (and most others in our company) are plainly whiners.

With that in mind, there is a lot of great free stuff out there, and I think we will reach a point where there are highly complex programs - CAD, music editing, photo editing, etc., that are one click away from installation. Millions of people will buy the photo editor, rather than just a few thousand people. The competition will mean that the major brands will not be able to charge $500, $1200, or such any more, but if they sell a much higher volume as a result of the price deflation, they should make up for the price loss with the volume sales. Imagine a complex photo editor on every single PC. That is where the open-source movement could help to take us.

Having an easy to navigate repository will result in these or even completely different paradigm shifts, any of which will mean individual freedom will explode like nothing we have ever seen, even with respect to the history changing Windows and World Wide Web successes. 

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Shalbatana

 The best implementation would be with a user ratings system though, and some sort of standardized comparison system to help you choose which PDF reader (for example) of the 5 free ones you wanted. Even if it's the "newegg" comaprison system, something like this would help not only to pick the best, but would help the developers determine what they should polish/implement next.

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majorsuave

I like the idea of a Windows app doing just that. In some ways, the most user friendly, desktop Linux distros pretty much feature this already.

 It is often called package manager but it lists numerous open source programs that can be intalled in one click. A short - too short sadly - description of the app and what it does is sometimes provided. But with most distros (ok I'm more familiar with Ubuntu and Mandriva)they are sorted well enough for neophytes to find what they are looking for.

 I guess it's up to the community to build a similar tool for Windows. 

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HeartBurnKid

And it's why I use Ubuntu for most of my day-to-day computing.

You really can't imagine the convenience of a tool like this until you have it.

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neo1piv14

It'd be rad to have something like "apt-get" for all open source apps, especially in Windows. I'd always love to see what the OS community's made lately, and that's one of the huge reasons I stay tuned into Max PC.

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HeartBurnKid

Frankly, I love this idea and would love to see it implemented.  There's already programs like AppSnap, but they're a bit of a kludge and don't always work well.  A centralized update system would be nice too.

Of course, the problem, as always, is getting buy-in from the developers, and/or getting a staff large enough to maintain the repository.

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majorsuave

Centralized updates would be awesome. I like SPI but it has its limits.

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louisdelphie

I think it is a great idea. I would to see this put into action.

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bitflipper

Murph, how does your idea differ from what's offered on snapfiles.com? That's my first stop for PC software. It's nicely categorized, they have customer reviews, screenshots, download functionality. They also segregate freeware from share/trialware. Maybe not a common way to pay. What's your opinion of snapfiles?

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logicmaster2003

You're taking away the "fun" and sense of adventure here.  Your idea will make people fat and lazy !

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nekollx

 HEY!

 

I resemble that remark!

 

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CentiZen

I agree that this needs to be made, in fact, I have been learning how to program with hopes of creating this one day.

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nekollx

 +1

nuf said

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