The Raspberry Pi Foundation has launched the Pi Store to make it easier to get hold of the growing amount of software that has been written or ported to the affordable DIY computer.
The new store enables Raspberry Pi users to get games, applications, tools and tutorials in one place, most of which is free.
Writing on the foundation’s blog, Eben Upton, one of Raspberry Pi’s co-founders, said the Pi Store is “also an easier way into the Raspberry Pi experience for total beginners, who will find everything they need to get going in one place.”
The store runs as an X application in the recommended Raspbian OS (an update is now available to add the feature). As well as users being able to download content, developers and hobbyists can upload their own content for release (after it’s been through a moderation process).
There are 23 free titles in the store at launch, including utilities such as Asterisk and LibreOffice, classic games Freeciv and OpenTTD, and Iridium Rising, which is a Raspberry Pi exclusive. Among the tools are sprite and sound effects packages for helping games programmers to get started.
Upton adds that there is so far one piece of commercial content, Cobra Mobile’s Storm in a Teacup. The winners of the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s Summer Programming Contest are also being encouraged to upload their entries to the store.
Code writers can choose to make their content free or paid-for. Obviously the free ones will get more downloads but users who like the software can use the store’s ‘tip jar’ system, so there is a chance to make some money for your efforts. Downloads can also be reviewed and rated so the user community will be able to find what's popular. The store will accept binaries, raw Python code, images, audio or video and, soon, Scratch content.
The official MagPi digital magazine is available for free via the store and the foundation is keen on hosting as many ‘homebrew tutorials’ as possible too.