What is the process for getting paid apps into the Ubuntu Software Center?
Canonical offers two services for commercial apps, simplified very basically here:
- The Full-service option where they do all the work to put the program in the Software Centre
- The Self-service option where you package it, and they give you feedback, and put it in the Software Centre
For more details see the Canonical website page on Application Packaging.
I assume this is the only way to get software into the store. I also imagine both services are currently more expensive than say putting software in the iOS market. On the other hand I'm sure Canonical offer reasonable prices - I just think they're trying to attract businesses rather than individuals at the moment.
Certainly it is possible for applications to be added 'mid-release'.
All apps for the Software Center can be submitted to http://software-center.ubuntu.com/dev now - and it will accept apps that require activation/license keys now for Ubuntu 11.10, too!