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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RE[3]: Comment by stabbyjones
by r_a_trip on Fri 30th Sep 2011 11:33 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by stabbyjones"
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Are there any apps out there that are so utterly awesome that anybody would want to switch to Linux?

I'd say the GNU/Linux operating system itself. It is rock solid (if you install it on appropriate hardware), it is near gratis, it has a large range of applications available and just a few clicks away and it is pretty resilient to malware (at least Linux lets you know something wants your admin password), plus it is highly adaptable and a modern Linux distro installs a complete system in less than 40 minutes.

What Linux app gives such an incredible user experience that I should give up the Mac and run a Linux box instead?

None. If you need external convincing that Linux is best for you, than Linux isn't best for you. Besides, reading between the lines, your gold standard is the OS X environment. Linux will fail this standard every time, because Linux simply isn't OS X.

Give me a reason to switch!

If you can't give yourself a reason to switch, what makes you think somebody else can? It is your computer. You should run the OS on it that makes you happy. My Linux computing experience doesn't diminish when you happily run OS X. My guess is that you aren't any unhappier about your Mac, knowing that I run Linux...

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