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Has Canonical Convinced Linux Users to Pay for Applications?

The Linux crowd has a reputation as a group that doesn’t like paying for things. That stereotype may or may not be fair, but either way, it hasn’t stopped Canonical from introducing more than a dozen for-purchase software packages to Ubuntu Desktop users over the last 10 months. Here’s a look at what the company has done, and what it says about end users in the open source channel.

It might be hard to believe, now that the Software Center has assumed such a central role in Ubuntu for adding, removing and maintaining software applications, that back in the day — until 2009, to be exact — the Software Center didn’t exist at all.

Moreover, when it did make its debut during the Ubuntu 9.10 development cycle, the tool was controversially dubbed the Ubuntu Software Store. It was only at the last minute that Canonical decided to rechristen the application as the Software Center, placating users concerned about the commercial implications of the original title.

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