1.5 - gnome-packagekit?

Seth Woodworth seth at isforinsects.com
Wed Dec 9 12:11:41 EST 2009

> Walter Bender wrote:
>> Slightly off topic, but reading between the lines, it seems there is
>> something more fundamentally broken here. 5000 packages. The Apple app
>> store adds that many new "apps" every week it seems. Why aren't there
>> 5 million packages available instead of just 5000?
Benjamin M. Schwartz wrote:
> Money.  The App Store is proprietary software.

Furthermore, the App Store has strong incentives to update and release
new software constantly.  Each new app is placed into a 'new app' view
that encourages installation of new apps.  It extends their marketing
beyond keyterm search and apple's ranking/voting system (which has
problems with popularity bias: apps that are popular get more popular
because they are popular).

Free software (ideally) has incentives to improve existing software,
contributing towards existing projects/packages and discourages
creating trivial clones of existing software.   That is ignoring the
clones we make of proprietary software.

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