Lilbits: Linux laptops and notebooks, iOS 16 beta and Microsoft Store policy change block sales of some open source apps


The thing about free and open source apps is that anyone can take the source code and create their own version of an app with little (or no) modification. Many open source licenses even allow you to redistribute your version of an application. It’s no surprise, then, that app stores are sometimes filled with unofficial versions of popular apps…sometimes with “developers” charging money for apps that are normally available for free.

In order to clamp down on this, Microsoft recently updated its Microsoft Store policies to prohibit the sale of open-source apps available for free from other sources (such as the developer’s website or GitHub). But some free and open source software developers do make their software available for free download from certain places while charging a fee for the same software when downloaded from app stores… so Microsoft has got some recoil.

The open-source Krita digital painting app is available as a free download, but it also sells for $15 in the Microsoft Store.

Now Microsoft said Georgio Sardo the company will delay enforcing the new policy until it can “clarify the intent”, although it’s unclear whether the issue is related to the intent or the impact that it will take on the actual developers.

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