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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Boils down to...
by andih on Fri 30th Sep 2011 10:42 UTC
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Looks like it pretty much boils down this:

That noob users that cant live without fancy and glossy noob software, and dont care enough to learn the ways of a free and better OS, should stick with windows should a little longer.. (And thats no great loss for the linux community btw)

The smart people that want to be able to install and keep updated great software like nmap, lynx, irssi, gimp, rsync, vim/emacs, or whatever beautiful gem, pretty much has started using Linux already.

E.g, on laptop Im writing on now, nmap is just a few keystrokes away: aptitude install nmap

If you use windows and are browsing the web to find small and beautiful tools like theese, you should make the switch.. You'll not going to miss cmd, defragging, antivirus/-spyware, reboots, license numbers, validations, and all that useless crap ;)
Youll notgoing to miss the bill either, or the endless chain of new releases that you have to buy..

Noob users will have to keep up with that a little longer though, well unless they know a linuxer who can help them setting up a useful computer.. ;)

I totally agree with lemur2 and fast_riswaan. Spot on.

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RE: Boils down to...
by Slambert666 on Fri 30th Sep 2011 10:52 in reply to "Boils down to..."
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ITT: 12 year olds pretending to be 1337 h4x0rz.

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RE[2]: Boils down to...
by andih on Fri 30th Sep 2011 13:44 in reply to "RE: Boils down to..."
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I don't know who you think are 12 year old that consider themselves elite hackers..
But I think here are very few 12 y.olds at osnews..

But to speak for my self, Im three times that age and system engineer and administrator as my profession.
Use both linux, windows and some bsd.

I enjoy working with linux because the only limits there are technology and my own mind and creativity.

Working with windows is different.. MS do as they like and one have to do as they want and use the solutions that they want to support, even if there are better solutions. One have to pay licenses for everything.. even for allowing more than a few RDP connections to a server (!!) Something thats basic functionality in linux (well nor rdp though..but xrdp is pretty cool).. Even my wireless access-point@home can handle as many ssh connections that HW can handle:p

Working with software and OSes that are full of DRM, and are limiting and defective by design is not something I enjoy at least.. Good thing people are different :p

Enjoy your windows or whatever you like :p

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