Raspberry Pi has opened up its new app store to allow people to share their own created software. It will feature games, apps, and other tools for users to download.
The system works as a tip jar where people pay what they think an app is worth. For those developers who want a certain price from their creation, they can put a price and sell the app in a secure payment system. Free apps are encouraged since they get more downloads and it is conceivable that you would get some money anyway from donations. However, it is more about getting attention to your app and encouraging the creation of new ones from beginning developers.
The goal of the Raspberry Pi Foundation is to introduce the next generation to programming and development. This encourages new developers as they gain success and critiques from their creations.
At launch, the store has 23 free apps and it plans to become the one-stop app shop for Raspberry users. It is also a good way for new Raspberry Pi users to get started since they can find everything they need right there.
The future of the app store is to handle content for hobbyists along with commercial type software. Users will also be able to review apps and rate them to help others decide what to download.
Along with the free apps currently in the store, there is one paid app, called Storm on a Teacup by Cobra Mobile. The free apps include Asterisk, Freeciv, and LibreOffice. Developers are encouraged to submit, images, audio and video, binaries, raw Python code, and in the future Scratch content.
The success of the Raspberry Pi app store depends on the involvement of the community, both those who add new apps and those who download and review them.
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