Regional/national application outreach

Registered by David Henningsson on 2012-05-08

Several countries have "special apps", that are very useful to that country. E g applications needed to log in to government sites, for declaring taxes etc. Could we get these apps into the Software Center, the partner archive, debian...so that it is extremely easy for users to install them?

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As this session did not get enough traction (and I didn't go and drag people in...), no action items were decided upon. :-( // David

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As I understand it, several countries have "special apps", that are very useful to that country.

As an example, for Sweden, we have BankID, which is used to log on to several government sites, declaring taxes etc.

Other countries have other favorites which are local to that country but still very important to have. I've heard Brazil has something similar but different, for example.

The degree of Linux support of these are of course varying, but in the BankID case there is a Linux version, but it could be easier to install, if we could get it into either Ubuntu Software Center as an app, or maybe into the partner repository. That would also bring the advantage of automatic updates, which would be attractive to the app developer (in the case of security related applications, even more so).

So, how do we
 - Identify what applications are important for a particular country?
 - Reach out to the developers of that application?
 - Help them out with integrating their apps into Ubuntu?
 - Get them into Ubuntu Software Center, the partner archive, Debian?
 - Maybe highlight them in the installer / USC / etc based on GeoIP / time zone / etc?

The LoCo teams could be a valuable resource here, I assume.

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