The group behind the popular Raspberry Pi platform introduced the Pi Store on Monday, a place where users can download and install apps on their credit card-sized PC. The new storefront was launched 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," said Eben Upton.
According to Upton, the store runs as an X application under Raspbian, and allows users to download content, and to upload their own content for moderation and release. So far the Pi Store features 23 free titles and one paid app, the latter called Storm on a Teacup by Cobra Mobile. Free offerings include LibreOffice, Asterisk, Freeciv, OpenTTD, the Raspberry Pi exclusive Indium Rising and more.
"You can choose whether to make your content free or paid: the store has a tip jar mechanism, so even if you’re not charging (and not charging will get you far more downloads), you still have the opportunity to make some money from your development work if people really like it," he said.
Raspberry Pi developers are encouraged to submit binaries, raw Python code, images, audio or video, and soon Scratch content. Raspberry Pi-related media of all different formats will be made available as well including the MagPi magazine, he said.
"As ever with things Pi, the community is going to be key to making the Pi Store great. As well as submitting your own projects (and there are tools in there to help you get started, like free sprite packages for budding games developers), you can help us out by reviewing and rating the stuff you download," Upton said. "The Pi Store has a recommendation engine which is tailored to you and your preferences, so the more you review, the better the recommendations we’ll be able to offer you (and other users) will be."
To read the full blog post, head here. To gain access to the Pi Store, an updated Raspbian image which includes the new store is available on the Raspberry Pi downloads page here. Or, Raspbian users can add the Pi Store application to their existing install by typing:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install pistore