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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I don't think so
by Alexander on Sun 2nd Oct 2011 17:28 UTC
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I don't agree with Miguel de Icaza. In my opinion Linux lacks in the area of professional applications like Photoshop. Not that you can't do a great deal of what you can do with Photoshop in GIMP but applications like Photoshop have simply become a standard of their own. On the other hand in the area of the Desktop I think that Linux is on par with what Windows has to offer. In my workspace i use Windows and i use several windows only applications there. But since i don't take my work at home i use my home pc purely as a desktop machine and there i need a browser, skype, torrent client, media player and mail clients. I use Firefox as a browser (which is multiplatform), Skype is multiplatform as well, but there also very good messengers for linux like Pidgin, a use OpenOffice and i'm fine with it and i actually prefer its interface to the one of the current MS Office suite, i use ktorrent at the moment but i'm also very happy with deluge, for media players i've used Rhythmbox, Banshee and Clementine and i think that each and everyone of them is better than WinAmp which seems to be the standard in Windows and for video i use MPlayer which is my favorite video player and i usually install it in Windows as well, VLC is very good as well, for mail client i currently use KMail but i'm very happy with Evolution and Thunderbird as well. I think that i just listed about 10 applications which first are desktop applications and second are very good at what they do. Note that the majority of these applications are multiplatform and i would use them in Windows as well if i had Windows installed.

Linux may be lacking in the area of professional applications and it definitely wouldn't hurt if some of the industry standard applications are ported to linux. But Desktop usage is one of the areas where it is on par with Windows. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend a distribution like Ubuntu or OpenSuSe to a person who only uses his or her computer as a Desktop. Indeed I have helped a couple of my friends to switch from Windows to linux (at their request by the way) and there were almost no problems with the transition and they are happy Ubuntu users now.

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