[kde-community] KDE presence on Software Stores

Aleix Pol aleixpol at kde.org
Sat Feb 14 14:18:55 UTC 2015


On Sat, Feb 14, 2015 at 9:22 AM, Boudewijn Rempt <boud at valdyas.org> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> 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.
>
> Boudewijn
>
>
> 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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You are not the first KDE project wanting to make money and surely not
the last. I would very much welcome it if we could eventually have a
discussion on how to best handle this.

Aleix



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