[haiku] Re: Defining R1 Features (was Re: Will the WebKit browser be ready for Haiku R1 final?)

  • From: Izomiac <haikulist@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: haiku@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2009 21:09:41 -0400

> AppStore.

-1/2 for me.  Integrating application updates with system updates is a good
thing IMHO.  Centralizing application distribution is not (again IMHO).  It
places an unpalatable amount of control in the hands of a third party.  I'm
sure whoever maintained it would be a fairly benevolent overlord, but I've
personally never seen the system implemented very well, so clearly it's a
non-trivial task.

I do think commercial software licensing should be handled centrally.  My
first thought would be something akin to steam where you're discouraged from
"piracy" by tying all your commercial software to a single account.  The
reason for this is to make commercial application development more
attractive and to prevent a dozen different and intrusive DRM schemes being

As for what should be in R1, I'd say probably locale kit and the webkit
based browser.  The former so new developers will use it from the start
rather than be urged to update programs later.  The latter because I suspect
the lack of a modern browser was the single biggest reason BeOS R5 never
took off.  BeZilla Browser does put Haiku in a better position, but I don't
think it's quite enough.

On Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 5:49 PM, Zenja Solaja <solaja@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Morning/afternoon/evening.
> This whole thread completely ignores a 'recent' approach to application and
> package management, which IMHO completely leapfrogs the 'old' methods used
> on conventional desktops.
> AppStore.
> IMHO, users want a portal which ALSO allows them to purchase commercial
> apps, shows a ranking system, has the facility to leave application
> feedback, etc...  And while you're at it, also allow users to chat, share
> non-commercial files, etc.
> I know, this is a Glass Elevator thing, but it completely blows the
> existing package management systems out of the water.  It hasn't been done
> yet (Steam doesn't allow feedback and doesn't host free stuff).  Apple's
> AppStore is the closest thing we have.
> Cheers.

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