Feeds

Novell musing Moblin open-source app store

Schooling netbookers on software feebies

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Novell is considering making a one-click "open-source app store" for its upcoming Moblin-based OS for netbooks. The scheme is intended as a selling point for average users largely unfamiliar with free software alternatives outside a Microsoft platform.

According to PC Pro, Novell believes baking an open-source software repository into the SUSE edition of Moblin will help sway more netbook users to uncheck the Windows option when buying their small, cheap computer.

With everyday PC owners now comfortable with the idea of an app store (largely courtesy iTunes), the platform could educate the masses about the benefits of open source, Novell asserts.

"Unlike the other stores though, they won't have to pay for any of those applications, which will be very attractive," Holger Dyroff, Novell's veep of business development told PC Pro.

"It's a new way of marketing open source," he said.

The benefit to Novell of such a store, given the company's plans, would be completely indirect if the software is intended to be free. And that means Novell would need to advertise the hell out the feature if it's aiming at the average PC user. Those who are unaware of Linux in the first place aren't going to know about its app store by world-of-mouth alone.

And as for those already tuned into the Linux scene, there's already plenty of places to get open-source applications like SourceForge and Code Haus.

It's a worthy plan, but aping Apple's application platform doesn't necessarily spell success. Apple got to where it is today by being backed with intensive marketing. And that angle has historically been open-source software's Achilles' heel. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function
Content aggregation, meet the workplace ... oh
Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM
Honestly, it’s a piece of piss
Return of the Jedi – Apache reclaims web server crown
.london, .hamburg and .公司 - that's .com in Chinese - storm the web server charts
Chrome 38's new HTML tag support makes fatties FIT and SKINNIER
First browser to protect networks' bandwith using official spec
Admins! Never mind POODLE, there're NEW OpenSSL bugs to splat
Four new patches for open-source crypto libraries
Torvalds CONFESSES: 'I'm pretty good at alienating devs'
Admits to 'a metric ****load' of mistakes during work with Linux collaborators
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.