View Full Version : Nonfree and purchasable apps

October 18th, 2010, 07:39 PM
IMHO, isn't purchasing apps on Ubuntu is contradictory when they don't even provide proprietary softwares? Unless the purchase software is open-source (which I don't think is possible), I don't understand why this service is provided on Ubuntu.

October 18th, 2010, 07:47 PM
Canonical (creator of Ubuntu) is very much a capitalist, for-profit company. They have every right to charge money for their software and services to keep their lights on and their employees paid. So far, Ubuntu itself has always been free-of-charge, but if they wanted to charge for the OS itself, they certainly could. "Free" does not always mean "costs nothing." :)

October 18th, 2010, 07:49 PM
If I'm not mistaken, Canonical is merely providing an app store. You buy third party apps, Canonical gets commission on sales, and the third party provides supports. Nothing wrong with the model.

October 18th, 2010, 07:50 PM
There are plenty of these threads in Recurring already - one from a week ago. Closing this one.