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 Gone fishing on Fri 30th Sep 2011 07:33 UTC
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What is a great application? In comparison to a good application? is this meaningful?

Personally I use:

Firefox
Google Chrome
Thunderbird
Skype
Gimp
Xara Xtreme
Rhythmplayer
VLC
SMPlayer
Gcompris
K3b
Gparted
Libreoffice
Stellarium
Pidgin

I'm not sure they are all "Great" but they are all useable functional and allow the PC to be useful. I get the point in its day BeOS was a much, much better OS than Windows 95 but had few apps - this was one of the main reasons for its demise.

However, Linux is not in this position you have a useable Desktop, as for – “the year of the Linux Desktop” it’s been and gone.

I prefer the Linux Desktop to Windows, currently I’m using Unity on 11.10 a great Desktop, I’m sure that if I could be bothered I would find KDE a great Desktop too and both of them superior in many ways to the Windows 7 Desktop, I’m tempted to mention Vista here, but I won’t – but I wonder how many knowledgeable computer users are confident about windows 8? . Linux has been a viable alternative to Windows for years – I find it surprising that so few people have noticed. Probably the lack of MS Office, Photoshop etc is a powerful reason.

The solution better compatibility with Wine? A compatibility layer for Mac apps, better Linux apps – I don’t know

Edited 2011-09-30 07:39 UTC

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