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[4]: He's right
by am577 on Sat 1st Oct 2011 01:48 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: He's right"
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2011-10-01

SAGE is indeed a good example.

I am not a Linux zealot and use MacOS and Windows every day, but the existence of Cygwin is a proof that there is a significant number of people who prefer Linux/Unix tools to their analogues in other operating systems. This includes non-command-line applications. For example, I strongly prefer

http://plasma-gate.weizmann.ac.il/Grace/

to any other plotting tool I tried (and I tried many). I know at least a dozen of people (all in academia) who share this opinion. Grace can be used on Windows (via cygwin + X server) and Mac OS X.

On the other hand, many good Linux applications (or applications that started as Linux/Unix-only applications) have a niche user base. An average user is unlikely to be interested in either Sage or Grace.

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