Need more applications

Bug #83348 reported by Trent Waddington on 2007-02-05
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
app-install-data-commercial (Ubuntu)
Mark Shuttleworth

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gnome-app-install

So many applications are available for Ubuntu users but do not appear in Add/Remove Applications. We need a community effort to get quality games such as Second Life (GPL) and Never Winter Nights (Proprietary) and others out to users. This may mean doing packaging and negotiating deals with software companies. And it may mean that gnome-app-install will evolve into a shop.

StefanPotyra (sistpoty) wrote :

Mark, seems like this one is for you.

Changed in gnome-app-install:
assignee: nobody → sabdfl
Mark Shuttleworth (sabdfl) wrote :

Non-free apps shouldn't appear as an option by default, but once the user has chosen to see proprietary apps, there should be no problem for them to appear in the add/remove software system. All that's required is a package. I think we'd be happy to put packages of the demo versions of these Linux games for into the commercial repo for Ubuntu. Just ask the game publisher to provide the packages! And Canonical could do the packaging too on commercial terms, just as we've done for other ISV's.

fabioamd87 (fabioamd87) wrote :

Second Life client is open source not proprietary... but the protocol is still proprietary...
a things that i think people wont is much famous proprietary software ported to linux, like photoshop, autocad and similar apps
then people are free to chose if they wont free or not-free software...
then people are free to switch to linux

Mark Shuttleworth (sabdfl) wrote :

I appreciate the sentiment behind this bug report but don't think it should stay open. I'm marking it invalid but at the same time have some good news on the software front. We've seen a number of ISV's come forward and start to package directly for Ubuntu, or ask Canonical to do the work for them. There is a team at Canonical that has been formed just to do this work for ISV's. So I expect the range of packages to expand quickly.

Changed in app-install-data-commercial:
importance: Undecided → High
status: New → Invalid
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