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 static666 on Fri 30th Sep 2011 14:13 UTC
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Yeah, I know lots of people consider Amarok a hallmark among Linux desktop applications. Sometimes they even compare it to iTunes and Windows Media Player.

But have you guys ever tried foobar2000 on Windows?

Insane amount of features, taking audiophile needs into account, clean interface, everything is customizable, smart & stable extension API with hundreds of plugin components available online in just 3 MB (!) distribution and its free! Just awesome. It dwarfs bloated crap like iTunes, WMP on Windows and just any other music player on _any_ platform.

Now, last time I checked Amarok distribution for Windows was 92 MB. Trying to install it on Ubuntu 11.04 (with mplayer, vlc and ffmpeg there already - so most of the audio-related deps in place) requires one to download 72.2 MB of archives. Very iTunes-like. What the f***?! Does it have more features than foobar2000? Hardly so.

Next to iTunes, Amarok may be great. Next to foobar2000 it is a joke - why would you even install it having a much better free alternative? Well, at least it supports Replaygain and has a media library, so it can actually be convenient to listen to music, unlike 75% of other music players on Linux. As for Joe the developer, why would you even waste your effort porting it to Windows instead of making your product better on its own platform, where it is needed most?

So, talking about great apps, you need to define a great app first. If not comparing to other platforms, one can find a great piece of software for Linux in any category. But in comparison to the very best from all platforms, unfortunately, Linux apps still feel like half-arsed clones for almost every general-purpose app. Of course, I must admit, they do their job well enough, but their greatness.. is not that great after all.

In the end it all depends on the user - we use what we like.. of what we can (depending on platform).

Since we hear from the Mono Guy spreading FUD about the Linux Desktop in the middle of some MS conference, he might be seeking another position on MS payroll after the latest Win 8 announcements.

P.S. Oh, yeah, must admit - using K in almost every KDE app name is pathetic.

Edited 2011-09-30 14:22 UTC

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