Linked by David Adams on Thu 29th Sep 2011 23:47 UTC, submitted by lucas_maximus
Linux Linux is struggling on the desktop because it only has a small number of "great" apps, according to the Gnome co-creator. Miguel de Icaza, co-creator of the Gnome desktop, told tech journalist Tim Anderson at the recent Windows 8 Build conference "When you count how many great desktop apps there are on Linux, you can probably name 10," de Icaza said, according to a post on Anderson's IT Writing blog. "You work really hard, you can probably name 20. We've managed to p*** off developers every step of the way, breaking APIs all the time."
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Freedom to create, modify and share. Apple and MS is for profit, GNU/Linux is for people. Simple!

Comparing 'paid apps' with 'voluntarily created apps' is injustice. How many 'free' high quality apps exists in Windows or Mac which were created by voluntary efforts of the developers? I'm not talking about 'adware' or 'shareware'; real free and real great, including source! 1-2-3 maybe?

And what about sharing? can you share any great windows or mac software with your family and friends? NO! you are just a licensee. And licensee can't share anything, they are renting software. And it's funny to see people boasting on rented software.

Linux can run all those 'great commercial apps' like photoshop, finereader, ms office, blah blah... using 'wine' already.

Wine just needs more love; integrating wine with native linux toolkits like gtk would be real cool.

Wine can make 'the software installation' seamless, but it is not given enough attention by any of the desktop environments and distros.

Wine developers are just amazing, I reported missing hindi support, and in a few days, they implemented Hindi laguage support. Now I can use MS office in Linux with Hindi. Great guys!

The problem is most users simply are not aware that they can communicate their issues with developers.

So, guys don't forget to use, test, report issues to the concerned project, developers. They are friends, not landlords.

MS will die, Apple will die, free software will remain. It is the spirit of being free to care and share and not just being a tenant of rented products.

Edited 2011-09-30 02:07 UTC

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