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FUDCon Day 2 – Update

I’ve attended spot’s barcamp session on the new applications the infrastructure team is working on. Some remarks:

Gamification

Gamification is a very interesting idea for a community based project. The new tagger page is making use of these concepts, so the more tags people tag, the more badges they earn. We even might have a “Fedora Contributor Network”, where we’ll have ranking boards for Fedora based on their accomplishments. Well done, guys!

Software centers, App Markets or whatever

The concept of a place that is a one stop shop for your software needs is not a new idea, and definitely organizations have been building successful models around it. I for one would like to see such a software center in Fedora.

Spot argues that it is a successful model for people looking for earning money out of it, but I beg to differ: In Fedora, we are interested in a subset of these goals: we want people to browse the available apps in our repos [1], and install that software with the least hassle possible (ideally with 1 click), with great search capabilities, and possibly reviews and other cool things around it.

Anyway, I understand why the team didn’t come after this model in the first pass. I’d like to see things going on this direction, although such an undertaking is huge work, and brings obvious concerns over scalability and maintainability. Still, good to think about it…

[1] We don’t even have to introduce the concept of ‘repos’ to people, making things easy to grasp to less-technically inclined people.

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One thought on “FUDCon Day 2 – Update

  1. “it is a successful model for people looking for earning money out of it”

    Yes and it’s also a successful model for *engaging* users and *enabling* them to discover great software.

    It’s true users are becoming accustomed to having to paying a couple bucks for apps. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a Fedora marketplace loaded with thousands of apps that are free?

    The marketplace could be a place where we remind the user of the license each app is under and in general celebrate FOSS. Each app page could contain vital info about contributing to the upstream project (how to submit bugs, get the source code, donate $). And of course comments/reviews, similar apps, “people that installed this app also installed that app”, etc.

    Fedora already has the major infrastructure (repos, software updates) to do this. It just needs a UI. A few people have already taken a stab at this idea because it is crying to be done. In the simplest case they filter the Fedora pacakge repo and list only packages that contain .desktop files.

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