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: just to make a point
by lemur2 on Fri 30th Sep 2011 03:03 UTC in reply to "just to make a point"
lemur2
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Firefox, Thunderbird, transmission, k3b, Libre Office, vlc, virtualbox, gedit, gimp, blender, wine, chrome, picasa, eclipse, .... do I really need to keep going?


If your point was that there are a large number of freedom software apps that work equally well on Linux or Windows, then no you don't need to go further, that is a given.

What is your point here, however? The apps do work on Linux desktops.

Why don't we talk about the things that Linux has on the desktop that Windows doesn't? One service to update most if not all software on the system, seamlessly. True multi user capabilities. The ability to change the graphical environment to suit your needs. The ability to truly use the system as a user, protecting the OS as a whole from system wide compromise. The ability to run on almost any hardware. Built in virtualization. A plethora of filesystem support and physical/logical disk management. Yeah, linux obviously has it real bad.


These are all fine points, and perfectly true. It is great that I can run great Linux applications in such an environment.

The problem is I suppose that most people would see these as features of the OS, rather than as desktop applications.

Edited 2011-09-30 03:21 UTC

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