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 jyper on Mon 3rd Oct 2011 10:30 UTC
jyper
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2011-10-03

Including cross platform(some might be very good not great, and am not saying they are better then any! windows only equivalent)

vlc
Firefox
file-roller/ark(extract or compress to several compression formats, file manager right click/mount support)
Nautilus/Dolphin(file managers include sftp support, tabs)
Thunderbird
Tomboy - simple notetaking
kate(editor)
okular(document viewer)
gwenview(image viewer with basic editing)
gimp
ktorrent
calibre(book reader/organizer/device syncer)
gnome-do/krunner(command run/launchers/do cool things)
MyPaint
kpatience- A nice collection of solitaire games(very good looking with hints, let the AI play for you/demo mode, and undo/redo)
Baobab (Disk Usage Analyzer)/KDirstat for when you are running low on space and need to know why
Inkscape
Cheese -photobooth like take webcam photo application
empathy/pidgin multi protocol instant messanger
Virutalbox
Blender

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