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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The FOSS movement is consistently held back by the programmer's mantra "I'm representative of my user base" which results in uninspired feature sets, dismal and frustrating UX, and very little incentive to improve.


That can be true; I don't think that it's a given that Linux should be aiming to take on Windows and OS X on "average" user's desktop OS's in the first place. There clearly are a lot of users, mostly tech-savy users, for whom Linux is the optimal choice of operating system, and there are also many more users for whom it's not. That isn't a bad thing; that Linux doesn't work for you doesn't make it stop working well for me.

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