[kde-community] KDE presence on Software Stores

Boudewijn Rempt boud at valdyas.org
Sat Feb 14 08:22:07 UTC 2015


Just as a side-note: while I do have plans to bring Krita to the OSX app 
store and the Windows app store, after the port to Qt5, the reason for 
doing that work is to generate income for the Krita Foundation, which in 
turn funds Krita development. That's the most important thing about app 
stores for me: they can provide funding.


On Sat, 14 Feb 2015, Aleix Pol wrote:

> Dear KDE Community,
> KDE software distribution on different platforms is a longstanding
> issue, especially on the not-so-free platforms. It's a complex issue
> that the KDE eV would like to see addressed. This is why we are
> announcing a new initiative to help our software reach some of those
> platforms.
> First of all, we want to assure KDE is committed to Free Software. We
> must ensure our software can be distributed on the distribution
> methods the most loyal to Free Software philosophy (for example, see
> [1]).
> On the other hand we can't stop there. We make software for people and
> and we need to be where people are. Thats why we decided to take a
> step further and make sure we there are official KDE accounts present
> on the different platforms' official software distribution channels,
> starting with the Google Play Store and Apple's App Store.
> This is an important step for KDE because it will open the possibility
> to provide software for platforms we haven't really reached yet. It's
> not about the platforms themselves, in fact it's about being able to
> reach the users, who are there and should be able to take advantage of
> the KDE software.
> This is also a call for action, it's a new initiative and we need your
> collaboration most of all. If you are a developer, consider adapting a
> KDE application, if you are a designer, help us re-think the
> applications for touch-based environments, if you are a systems
> administrator, help us set up the infrastructures that we will need.
> Initially I will be coordinating this effort so please feel free to
> ask me if you have any question or comment and if you're willing to
> help, please answer here or in private.
> Best regards,
> Aleix, with the KDE eV board
> [1] https://fsfe.org/campaigns/android/liberate.en.html
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