Raspberry Pi gets an app store


The Pi Store is a good addition to the normal package manager. Although the package manager is a reliable source for retrieving standard software from the Raspbian repository, the Pi Store brings the benefits of an app store: Because of its state-of-the-art design, even beginners will find their way around quickly. Additionally, anyone can publish programs and tutorials via the store easily, quickly, and at a central location; this setup helps developers directly address a large number of Raspbian users.

From the users' point of view, however, the major grumble is that the store is currently fairly sparsely filled, especially because some of the programs are free software packages that are included in Raspbian's default package source anyway. However, the Pi Store has been around for a relatively short time, so you can expect the selection of software available via the store to grow.

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