Last night I updated the software on my Mac, and ended up with a new icon on the menu bar, the Mac App Store.
The Mac App Store is nothing new. It’s an imitation of the IPhone App Store. Which is nothing new. It’s a feeble imitation of Apt. And Apt itself is a version of Yum for Debian systems.
Of course to the average Mac user, it probably looks really neat. To me, well, it looks like nothing much.
What if someone ported a graphical version of Apt and/or Yum to the two proprietary operating systems, and used to it distribute GPL/LGPL applications? There would be certain costs involved, but by using the original projects repositories, the costs could be limited. This is the sort of project that the Free Software Foundation and the Electronic Frontier Foundation would both have strong philosophical reasons to back. And there’s no reason that it couldn’t cover both Desktop and Server applications.
Of course someone would have to write the software first, preferably using something cross-platform like Python…
Sunday January 9, 2011