One of the notable changes in the latest release of Ubuntu Linux-aka Karmic Koala– is the application management hub called the Ubuntu Software Center. It is a redesigned form of the old time Add/Remove software. Installing and managing software on one’s system is now a breeze.
I do not know when Canonical is going to start using the Ubuntu Software Center to sell software, but for now I think it can be used to raise much needed funds for application development. When one chooses a software in the hub, the details of the software are displayed including the price which is in all cases (at least all the apps I’ve seen there) free.
Since the development of almost all the apps in the Ubuntu repos-and all the other Linux distros for that matter-are financed by donations to the various projects, can’t the Ubuntu Software Center be used to help increase donations to these projects? If an application price is shown as free, then there can also be a button right there for people to donate to support the development of the app.
If you go to the website of the various projects that bring us all those great apps, you find appeals for donations there all the time. However, most people do not go to the app project sites to download but rather do so from the comfort of the software center. I am of the view that the end user then should be followed with the appeal for donation rather than waiting for him or her to come to the developer site to donate.