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]: Misleading article title
by lemur2 on Fri 30th Sep 2011 03:11 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Misleading article title"
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"Hey Miguel, I can easily find hundreds of great free software desktop applications.
Yes, linux has so many great applications that users are flocking to it in great numbers........ The truth of the matter is that there is a handful of half-assed applications that works some of the time and then you update you system and another set of half-assed apps works. This is not a good situation and users do generally not have great patience with it. The most idealistic of users stay with the system for about 6 months then go :f**k it.... "

Unsupported claims. You saying something does not make it so.

Linux developers needs to listen to Miguel a lot more because he is talking sense. Step 1: Make it easy to program for Linux, using modern programming languages. Step 2: Provide stable API's and ABI's so that programs will work for a long time without excessive maintenance. Step 3: Test the programs before releasing.

Freedom software doesn't require a stable ABI.

As for the rest:*~@...

It seems that everyone involved with free software has a Lisus Thorvalds in the stomach and wants to single-handedly f**k the system up. Please stop that!


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RE[5]: Misleading article title
by oinet on Fri 30th Sep 2011 07:13 in reply to "RE[4]: Misleading article title"
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Freedom software doesn't require a stable ABI.

1) Good thing then that Windows does or WINE users would be very sorry.
2) It better do, or I won't (ever) join the rebellion..
3) ..and neither will the dial-up world..

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Linus Thorvalds ....

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lucas_maximus Member since:

Good software does.

Developers do not like trying to hit a moving target. We like to deploy and forget one everything is working ... we don't like to fix thing when someone else has broken them.

If people need to then give us warning and depreciate accordingly.

Churn is good for nobody.

Edited 2011-09-30 21:32 UTC

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