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Raspberry Pi launches official app store

Google and Apple are unlikely to be quaking in their boots just yet, but the Raspberry Pi Foundation has quietly unveiled its own app store aimed at showcasing software designed for its eponymous credit-card sized, ARM-based computer.

Featuring 24 launch titles, the Pi Store is intended to make it easier than ever for the growing Raspberry Pi community to share their coded creations, and to further encourage youngsters to engage with computer programming by connection.

"We've been amazed by the variety of software that people have written for, or ported to, the Raspberry Pi. Today, together with our friends at IndieCity and Velocix, we're launching the Pi Store to make it easier for developers of all ages to share their games, applications, tools, and tutorials with the rest of the community," the not-for-profit organisation wrote in a blog post.

"The Pi Store will, we hope, become a one-stop shop for all your Raspberry Pi needs; it's also an easier way into the Raspberry Pi experience for total beginners, who will find everything they need to get going in one place, for free," it added.

Among the more interesting free applications currently available are LibreOffice - a productivity suite styled on Microsoft's iconic Office software - and open-source Spotify client despotify. Gamers can enjoy Freeciv, a port of the original version of Sid Meier's classic turn-based strategy game, Civilization, as well as dungeon-crawler POWDER.

Only one commercial title exists at present, the Cobra Mobile-developed puzzle-solver Storm in a Teacup, which is available for £1.99.

In lieu of a fully monetised system, the Pi Store operates a tip-jar policy, where downloaders can contribute to the software developers at their discretion.