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[2]: Comment by stabbyjones
by clasqm on Fri 30th Sep 2011 07:48 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by stabbyjones"
clasqm
Member since:
2010-09-23

Now take out all the ones that are available on windows and/or Mac. That's what this is about. Are there any apps out there that are so utterly awesome that anybody would want to switch to Linux?

Oh, I'm not a windows fanboy BTW. I'm a Mac fanboy. I do a lot of writing and Apple's Pages is the most incredible word processor ever made. The first wp I've seen on which styles actually make sense. I run a Mac because Pages is available on it.

Your turn. What Linux app gives such an incredible user experience that I should give up the Mac and run a Linux box instead? And keep in mind that anything that runs via a native port (eg Firefox), or as an X port (scribus) or via Darwinports or Fink does not qualify. I can run those already.

Hey, I like the Linux politics. But it's not enough, I need great software that I cannot get anywhere else. Give me a reason to switch!

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No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

Mac OS X lacks a good file manager and window manager, so I'd say kwin and Dolphin or one of the many alternatives. BTW, pretending that Fink and X11 somehow makes the experience the same under OS X just isn't credible, as the user experience generally sucks.

Hell, OS X isn't even integrated with itself when you look at it from the POV of the command line.

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RE[3]: Comment by stabbyjones
by lemur2 on Fri 30th Sep 2011 10:20 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by stabbyjones"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Now take out all the ones that are available on windows and/or Mac. That's what this is about. Are there any apps out there that are so utterly awesome that anybody would want to switch to Linux?

Oh, I'm not a windows fanboy BTW. I'm a Mac fanboy. I do a lot of writing and Apple's Pages is the most incredible word processor ever made. The first wp I've seen on which styles actually make sense. I run a Mac because Pages is available on it.

Your turn. What Linux app gives such an incredible user experience that I should give up the Mac and run a Linux box instead? And keep in mind that anything that runs via a native port (eg Firefox), or as an X port (scribus) or via Darwinports or Fink does not qualify. I can run those already.

Hey, I like the Linux politics. But it's not enough, I need great software that I cannot get anywhere else. Give me a reason to switch!


You have a point here. For the most part, one can achieve whatever one wants to achieve on any well-supported platform, be it Linux, Mac or Windows.

The killer feature of Linux is value-for-money. One can achieve vastly more capability per dollar spent on a Linux machine.

That feature may not be very attractive however to someone who has already blown their money on an expensive Mac or Windows system.

In fact, such people might even come on Internet forums and try to justify their expensive choice, perhaps to make them feel better. They might even go so far as to try to insist that a far better value-for-money alternative doesn't exist, when clearly, it does. They might even down-vote others in a kind of semi-irrational state of denial.

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Midnight Member since:
2011-10-02

The killer feature of Linux is value-for-money. One can achieve vastly more capability per dollar spent on a Linux machine.


Except that the majority of people don't care about this. I've worked both in a small local computer shop servicing home users and for a consultant business servicing business IT for networks up to 200 people. One of the commonalities of both of those markets is that they want something to "just work".

Home users don't care about the "choice" or added capabilities that Linux offers. They want to turn the computer on, log into their email, do their banking, etc. and turn it off. If you were to tell them about "choice" or "computer freedom" or "more capability per dollar", they'd look at you like you were insane. They don't care. These people buy a new OS when they replace their computer. That only happens when the old one dies. Saying "But you have more capability!" means nothing to them.

Business' clients want a system that just works with what they already have. They don't want to pay their IT staff to figure out how to coax Postfix & Dovecot to mimic what their old Exchange server could do. They don't want to have to sort out Samba when a Windows server will share files with five or so mouse clicks. They don't want to pay to have their old applications rewritten to use Linux technologies. They don't want to figure out why a mail merge that worked with Word and Excel suddenly doesn't work with Writer and Calc. This will cost them money and provide almost nothing in return.

If you want either of those two groups to take Linux seriously as an alternative to Windows or Mac, there HAS to be a compelling reason why. That has to be a "Killer App". Windows has a huge number of legacy applications, lots of triple-A video games and Office, not to mention Active Directory. Mac has Pages, Keynote, Final Cut, Aqua all with a "cool" factor. Linux has ... Amarok? Kate? That's not enough.

"Capability per dollar" means nothing if the people you're trying to convince to switch have no use for the added capabilities.

This is coming from somebody who runs a personal FreeBSD server, has done SysAdmin on NetBSD and Linux for an ISP, has been using Linux on the desktop off and on since 2000 and has worked in IT for over ten years.

In fact, such people might even come on Internet forums and try to justify their expensive choice, perhaps to make them feel better. They might even go so far as to try to insist that a far better value-for-money alternative doesn't exist, when clearly, it does. They might even down-vote others in a kind of semi-irrational state of denial.


You are extremely abrasive. This paragraph is so full of passive-aggressive posturing that I'd swear it was written by a twelve year old. My guess is that the attitude you're displaying here is enough to get people to down vote you just for spite.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

In fact, such people might even come on Internet forums and try to justify their expensive choice, perhaps to make them feel better. They might even go so far as to try to insist that a far better value-for-money alternative doesn't exist, when clearly, it does. They might even down-vote others in a kind of semi-irrational state of denial.


Stop acting butthurt.

Windows unlike Linux is an full Operating system. That is what you pay for. You pay for all the work and testing that has gone in to make the whole system reliable (And Windows has been pretty reliable on the desktop since NT 4.0).

If your only argument is that Linux is a zero cost Windows clone with a few extra free features, and people are still choosing To Pay for it (even if you take Windows out of the equation, people are ready to pay for Macs which are far more expensive and have a similar application set to that of Windows out of the box).

Then tbh I earn good money, I might as well pay for Windows and I can use most of the GNU alternatives on a Windows system and I can use all the paid for stuff as well.

Edited 2011-10-03 00:25 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by stabbyjones
by r_a_trip on Fri 30th Sep 2011 11:33 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by stabbyjones"
r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

Are there any apps out there that are so utterly awesome that anybody would want to switch to Linux?

I'd say the GNU/Linux operating system itself. It is rock solid (if you install it on appropriate hardware), it is near gratis, it has a large range of applications available and just a few clicks away and it is pretty resilient to malware (at least Linux lets you know something wants your admin password), plus it is highly adaptable and a modern Linux distro installs a complete system in less than 40 minutes.

What Linux app gives such an incredible user experience that I should give up the Mac and run a Linux box instead?

None. If you need external convincing that Linux is best for you, than Linux isn't best for you. Besides, reading between the lines, your gold standard is the OS X environment. Linux will fail this standard every time, because Linux simply isn't OS X.

Give me a reason to switch!

If you can't give yourself a reason to switch, what makes you think somebody else can? It is your computer. You should run the OS on it that makes you happy. My Linux computing experience doesn't diminish when you happily run OS X. My guess is that you aren't any unhappier about your Mac, knowing that I run Linux...

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RawMustard Member since:
2005-10-10

What Linux app gives such an incredible user experience that I should give up the Mac and run a Linux box instead?


That's easy. Linux itself!

The others aren't even in the race when it comes to flexibility and freedom. To be able to just apt-get new app when I need a tool to do a job without having to agree to sacrifice my first born is a no brainer to me.

For me linux isn't just about the Windows[tm] killer apps. linux is a choice between flexibility, freedom and convenience. de Icaza misses the whole point about Linux with this opinion piece if you ask me.

People who choose Linux do so because they need a dependable OS with no restrictions to get something done. They don't care if it doesn't have Windows[tm] killer apps, the other benefits far out way this BS!

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Now take out all the ones that are available on windows and/or Mac.


Right, so we should take out cross-platform apps when talking about Windows and Mac too then.

That's what this is about.


No, it's about great Linux desktop apps. If they exist on multiple platforms are irrelevant.

What Linux app gives such an incredible user experience that I should give up the Mac and run a Linux box instead?


How would I know? I don't know what your needs and wants are. I also don't care if you use Linux, Mac or Windows. Use what works best for you.

And keep in mind that anything that runs via a native port (eg Firefox), or as an X port (scribus) or via Darwinports or Fink does not qualify.


This is a dumb criteria for "a great app". Either the app is great or not.

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