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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Greatness in Left Field
by Peter Besenbruch on Sun 2nd Oct 2011 01:41 UTC
Peter Besenbruch
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I thought I would toss in three applications.

I have been using Cartes du Ciel (Skycharts) by Patrick Chevalley since back in the late 90s, when it was Windows only. It's now multi-platform, and excellent for use in the field at the telescope.

A related program is Atlas Virtuel de la Lune (Virtual Moon Atlas). Originaly written for Windows by Christian Legrand, Patrick Chevalley has helped make it multi-platform.

The third program is not multi-platform. It's APT. It's why I stick with Debian and related distros. It keeps my systems up to date (including Skycharts and Virtual Moon). I started using it when RPM hell was at it's height. Aside from working, what makes it great? Simple, it inspired other (usually RPM based) distros to come up with something similar.

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