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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by Gone fishing on Fri 30th Sep 2011 07:33 UTC
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What is a great application? In comparison to a good application? is this meaningful?

Personally I use:

Google Chrome
Xara Xtreme

I'm not sure they are all "Great" but they are all useable functional and allow the PC to be useful. I get the point in its day BeOS was a much, much better OS than Windows 95 but had few apps - this was one of the main reasons for its demise.

However, Linux is not in this position you have a useable Desktop, as for – “the year of the Linux Desktop” it’s been and gone.

I prefer the Linux Desktop to Windows, currently I’m using Unity on 11.10 a great Desktop, I’m sure that if I could be bothered I would find KDE a great Desktop too and both of them superior in many ways to the Windows 7 Desktop, I’m tempted to mention Vista here, but I won’t – but I wonder how many knowledgeable computer users are confident about windows 8? . Linux has been a viable alternative to Windows for years – I find it surprising that so few people have noticed. Probably the lack of MS Office, Photoshop etc is a powerful reason.

The solution better compatibility with Wine? A compatibility layer for Mac apps, better Linux apps – I don’t know

Edited 2011-09-30 07:39 UTC

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