The makers of the Raspberry Pi, the tiny $25 to $35 Linux-based computer, have officially launched the Raspberry Pi App Store for users of the device.
According to the announcement on the Raspberry Pi website, they are “launching the Pi Store to make it easier for developers of all ages to share their games, applications, tools and tutorials with the rest of the community. The Pi Store will, we hope, become a one-stop shop for all your Raspberry Pi needs; it’s also an easier way into the Raspberry Pi experience for total beginners, who will find everything they need to get going in one place, for free.”
The blog article also mentions that the Rasperry Pi app store was created in collaboration with IndieCity and Velocix. Indiecity is an online game store for independent developers whereas Velocix is a content-delivery network.
There are currently only twenty-five titles available on the app store, all of which are free to download. These include Storm in a Teacup, Freeciv, Iridium Rising, Code::Blocks IDE, Asterisk for Raspberry Pi, GrafX2, Schism Tracker, OpenTTD, POWDER, Cricket Scores Live, despotify, LibreOffice, Raspberry Invaders, Pi3D, Hud Sprite Pack, Audio Pack, Effects Sprite Pack, and several issues of the MagPi magazine. These titles are a mix of games, apps, dev tools, tutorials, and media. To help support the makers of free apps, the Raspberry Pi app store comes with a tip jar that can receive donations. There is, however, support for paid apps, as well.
Those who own the Raspberry Pi computer can obtain the app store by downloading the Raspbian Linux operating system which comes with the app store. They can also install it via apt-get. Meanwhile, others can check out the app store by pointing their browsers to store.raspberrypi.com.
The Raspberry Pi team hopes that the app store will be a way to help developers get their work out to an audience, and possibly earn from their creations.