Firefox in MAS

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by MacPro23, May 3, 2011.

  1. MacPro23 macrumors member

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    Do you think Firefox will ever appear in the MAS?
     
  2. techpr macrumors 6502

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    There is no need for Firefox to be in the MAS. Same for Chrome.
     
  3. MacPro23 thread starter macrumors member

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    Having Firefox and Chrome in the App Store would be easier to download and get updates.
     
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    I have nothing against the Mac Application store, but that comment is nonsense. Firefox now automatically downloads updates if they are available. The MAS would be an added intermediary.
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    What can be easier then the app updating itself, and/or going to firefox.com :confused:

    I see little advantage to having firefox in MAS.
     
  6. MacPro23 thread starter macrumors member

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    I like the idea of getting all applications through one place, like the Mac App Store.
     
  7. techpr macrumors 6502

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    I agree, having a one stop place to get software is great. It's OK for medium to low risk software, But in the case of a Browser that we use all the time, with security bugs found almost every day, it needs constant and auto updates so it's better for both parts, the company and us the end users to get those updates outside the MAS.

    Google Chrome "Stable" is one good example of auto-updates every 1 or 2 times a week. On MAS those updates would take double the time to reach the end users.
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    Ok, but you'll be missing out on some quality applications that are not in the Mac App Store.

    Photoshop, Lightroom, Office, games and utilities are not offered in MAS
     
  9. KirkL macrumors 6502

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    Isn't there a licensing issue that prevents open source from appearing on the Mac App Store? Wasn't VLC booted for this reason?
     
  10. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Seeing as how MPlayerX is featured on the top page, I don't think so.
     
  11. Mal macrumors 603

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    Not licensing. Cost is a factor though. Some previously free open-source apps are paid apps on the Mac App Store, because it does cost the developer to release even a free app, and they want to recoup their costs there. Others simply don't see any advantage to releasing their apps there, like Firefox and Chrome.

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