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Will app stores help or hinder FLOSS distribution?

May 11, 2012, 20:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

Prominent social platform service Facebook continues its march to dominate the Internet with the Wednesday announcement of a new App Center designed to showcase and sell apps within the Facebook ecosystem.

And, unlike the Apple app store, it appears that software licensing will be no barrier to getting in.

Apple, despite the open source origins of its OS X operating system, has long been antithetical to open source software on its iOS and Mac OS X applications stores. And not a passive detractor, either; the Apple managers have gone out of their way to kick open source and free software apps off of their app marketplaces.

It is not known exactly when the App Center will launch, but the licensing of an app will not be a issue for getting listed.

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