New game titles in the Ubuntu Software Center

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We’ve recently added a few titles to the Ubuntu Software Center and have been hard at work on getting more diverse applications landed there. BEEP! by Big Fat Alien and Heileen from Hanako Games have recently landed in the Software Center.


BEEP! by Big Fat Alien allows the player to take control of a “precision robot vehicle” to explore a diverse system of planets and uncover their terrible fate. BEEP! has been a rather popular download since it hit the Ubuntu Software Center.

Kiaran of Big Fat Alien wrote up a stellar blog post about the Software Center and his experience in submitting an application using the MyApps portal currently in beta.

Check out the trailer.

Now fire up the Ubuntu Software Center and buy it today!


The Ubuntu Software Center’s newest addition is Heileen from Hanako Games. This is a anime adventure game where you guide a young woman through her adventures in exploring the New World. You must solve puzzles and explore the surroundings in order to proceed through the game.

This game does not have a trailer, but you can view screenshots at the Hanako Games website.

Now fire up the Ubuntu Software Center and buy it today!

As always…if you want to list your paid application in the Software Center please contact John Pugh at john dot pugh at canonical dot com!


  1. Chauncellor

    Wow, Heileen looks…… creepy and lolitastic. I guess it fits the genre ;).

  2. Pablo Campis

    It’s great to have new software in USC, but I see that most of the software there are games. Why not add some productivity software too? I’m thinking in Softmaker Office (2008 is free now, 2010 is 60$), Zimbra, Nero Linux and Maya.

    Great to see improvements to USC, hope more quality software is added soon.

    Keep the gret job!

  3. markig

    Why proprietary software? Do people that have build, contribute to the evolution, and use GNU/Linux because respects your freedom NEED proprietary games?
    There are plenty of Libre games for GNU/Linux, Canonical would have do a better job in creating something that will incentivate donations to Free software instead.
    The only fundamental goal and reason of existence of GNU/Linux is user’s freedom, not having it slaved just with some trick and light, as if he were so dumb to loose freedom for some game or “productivity software” like “nero linux” (never heard of K3B?). Do people gives so little value to freedom in software?

    1. John Pugh

      Why discriminate against one or the other? There are many options for contributing free and open source software to Ubuntu and by the same token there needs to be a way to contribute non-free software, too. As you state, “the only fundamental goal and reason for existence of GNU/Linux is user’s freedom”. Should Canonical discriminate against the freedom to add and/or purchase “commercially licensed” software? Doesn’t that defeat the “fundamental goal and reason for existence of GNU/Linux”?

  4. markit

    @John Pugh
    You make the usual confusion about “freedom of choice” and “freedom as user of programs”.
    The GNU/Linux project goal is not about freedom of pick how many programs you want, being them the ones that impose the will of the programmer on you (proprietary), or free to study, modify, use and share with your community, to increase knowledge in IT and let you trust one of the fundamental “tools” in your life: the computer.
    So, for example, in an association that believes on sane, healthy and trustworthy food and has the goal not to have to eat food that damages health, have a market that “does not discriminate about the freedom to buy McDonald’s food” and offer it would considered INSANE, isn’t it?
    You can see a similar effect on Android platform, with a Free core and very easy installation of proprietary programs, that each week are on the news because spy on you. And having a proprietary, free of charge, choice of course lowers the need to spend time in developing a real Free alternative, so at the end of the day you just have another (mostly) proprietary ecosystem. I don’t want it, you have Windows of MacOS for that, why destroy the only credible alternative and salvation? WHY? Greediness? I believe that people are willing to donate to their distro and beloved project, just work to make them aware of this need and take a percentage for the transaction and infrastructure. This will help Free Software and put in pair, economically, with proprietary software. Free software offers you MORE than proprietary one, it gives your freedom as user, so people should be willing to pay even more for it than from a proprietary equivalent.

    1. John Pugh

      I agree with some of your points, but freedom does not discriminate against the user’s choice. Ubuntu continues to be free in all ways. Users and developers alike have asked for more and the freedom exists to create a ecosystem by which everyone can participate. Just like I have a choice to NOT eat at McDonalds or have a choice to buy apps on the Android Marketplace, I have a choice to buy software via the Ubuntu Software Center or not. It’s all about my freedom to choose what I want.

  5. David Ayers

    I disagree…

    you are taking the freedom of choice away from me. Freedom is very important to me. Debian has a clear policy about Freedom and technically implements it via it’s repositories. Canonical is muddying the water and making it excruciatingly hard to maintain a Free Software system based on Ubuntu.

    How do I install Free Software like OpenBravo without also opening my package manager up to all the proprietary packages?

    There are very old bug reports with assigned Debian/Canonical developers that are not making progress.

    Please allow me to easily choose not to use these proprietary offerings via the package management tools you provide. Yet allow me to purchase
    – support subscriptions for free software not in main
    – extended support for those that are
    – bounties for including packages in main
    – bounties for bug fixes/feature requests
    – indemnification subscription
    – …
    That would help the Free Software economy to build a foundation. But offering proprietary software does not help. It may help the adoption of Ubuntu, but it doesn’t help free software. I think it’s wrong that you are doing it, but it is your prerogative and I’m sure you have many users and customers who are happy about it, that’s sad but I can accept that.

    But I feel that Canonical is neglecting users and customers who /do/ value their freedom. Where can we buy Freedom! We realize that thing cost money, but other than the very limited standard support offerings, there is hardly any product where you are offering freedom. There are only so many systems use and can have registered on landscape, yet I do need progress on gnash, evolution, libre office, …

    — a frustrated Canonical customer…

    PS: Please elaborate on “Ubuntu continues to be free in all ways.” Do you not see these offerings as part of Ubuntu? Or do you ignoring the fact that we are asking for Software Freedom while you are referring to price? I’m truly curious, as that statement really doesn’t make sense to me in this context. I’m not condemning you that it was wrong to add those titles to increase adoption and hopefully attain a revenue stream to insure future development of Free Software, yet claiming that Ubuntu remains free is simply false from where I stand.

  6. Lestibournes

    When will the process for posting commercial apps on the USC finally be automated? And how can you allow free trials where you then have to go to a website to buy a license to be posted under the Paid Apps category?

    1. John Pugh

      The dev portal at is now in a public beta and is available for application submission. Currently there are several steps requiring manual intervention however the submission process is fully automated.

      Currently we are not accepting “free trial” applications. However we will accept “free” applications on a case by case basis.

  7. wellington

    Hello, I’m here with a question that is always on everyone’s mind here in Brazil and around the world.
    Canonical will support games for ubuntu.

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