Download.com site feedback forum: CNET - I don't understand CNET's Linux/Unix position.

by: bluemech July 5, 2010 12:49 PM PDT

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CNET - I don't understand CNET's Linux/Unix position.

by bluemech - 7/5/10 12:49 PM

I do understand that mainstream users are dominated by Windows software...

What I don't understand...

I think a while back I remember on CNET/Downloads.com there was a [Linux] software category but now is gone, correct me if I am mistaken.

In the CNET/Forums there is a [Linux] category.

How can we talk about Linux/Unix and share thoughts and ideas; but we can't download Linux/Unix software. -> I do understand that most distros have repositories and such and MS does not.

I think there is something special about a site like download.com as a place to find new / unknown software. Thats what I have use download.com for many years back sneaking around school proxies showing friends new cool software.

Yes - most know Linux software is preinstalled or in easy to install repos.
I'm thinking more of small company, amateur and hobbyist who have created nice works. -> I know, sourceforge. But wouldn't it be great to be able to access software such as the above on a great website like CNET.

It would be nice to have a central place(one as well know and respected a CNET/
Download.com) for getting software for any OS.

Please understand that I'm not "bashing" CNET/download.com for the lack of such features. There is most likely (from CNET's p.o.v.) a really good reason for this situation. I don't dislike or hate it, I (like the title) just don't understand.

Can CNET help me understand?

Thanks Dave,

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