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    Ubuntu Software Center and 3rd party paid software

    Hello all!

    Ubuntu Software Center is developing in an astonishing speed and the present version of it in Ubuntu 10.04 seems pretty handy and nice to use. But I was thinking of a small idea: Would it be clever to implement an actual Software Store for non-free 3rd party applications to the USC?

    It could possibly work e.g. having two options on the left sidebar; one link for open source software and one for non-free software. We already have Ubuntu Music Store in 10.04, so why not create our own version of App Store?

    In my opinion, this way developers and companies would get more interested in developing their non-free, chargeable software for Ubuntu, since there would be a ready-to-use distribution channel and a notable amount of potential customers.
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    Re: Ubuntu Software Center and 3rd party paid software

    Paid non-free software, I believe, is a target for Maverick, and it should definitely be there and functioning well by Maverick+1.
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    Re: Ubuntu Software Center and 3rd party paid software

    I think that's a good idea. For people who need non-free software and a way to pay for the software. It is a good for Ubuntu to get revenue from the advertisement.

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    i like it

    but RMS would go insane


    he will defiantly not like this
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    Re: Ubuntu Software Center and 3rd party paid software

    Quote Originally Posted by Dayofswords View Post
    i like it

    but RMS would go insane
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    he will defiantly not like this
    Who cares?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zekopeko View Post
    Who cares?
    no one really, but he'd defiantly make a fuss
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    while its a good idea , I feel that the free software would suffer, and the source for the paid software would be closed , so it is effectively encouraging people not to write open source as there would be a cash incentive (I know money isn't everything). I mean if its a photoshop or itunes for linux or proprietary games I can see the point. One of the benefits of linux is the free software in both meanings. I think a donation option in the software center would be better

    just my take on it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dayofswords View Post
    but RMS would go insane
    You forgot that he'd call Mark Shuttleworth evil corporatist traitor, and then demand people switch to gNewSense.
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    Re: Ubuntu Software Center and 3rd party paid software

    Quote Originally Posted by DillByrne View Post
    while its a good idea , I feel that the free software would suffer, and the source for the paid software would be closed , so it is effectively encouraging people not to write open source as there would be a cash incentive (I know money isn't everything). I mean if its a photoshop or itunes for linux or proprietary games I can see the point. One of the benefits of linux is the free software in both meanings. I think a donation option in the software center would be better

    just my take on it
    No one is saying that they have to be closed-source to be sold, though I agree it's the most likely model.

    Anyway, this will be implemented in 10.10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zekopeko View Post
    Who cares?
    I do
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