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]: I'll give it a try
by Straho on Fri 30th Sep 2011 10:53 UTC in reply to "RE: I'll give it a try"
Straho
Member since:
2011-09-30

Why? Because linux community can write portability code. If you could say that app was produce 3 months earlier for windows they I could understand your point. You can't say it's run on windows so it's not linux app. If some application from Linux native is compiled for windows it's needed. When windows app is introduce for linux it's also because it's needed and wanted from many, many linux users.
VirtalBox use .VirtualBox directory in User home dir, so probably it's only linux app, isn't it?

Edited 2011-09-30 10:58 UTC

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RE[3]: I'll give it a try
by lucas_maximus on Fri 30th Sep 2011 11:28 in reply to "RE[2]: I'll give it a try"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

The whole point of what he was saying there is no compelling "Killer App" for the platform to make it a compelling alternative.

Also regarding portability I have heard BSD guys (that I used to go to class with) porting code from Linux to BSD and pulling their hair out because of the number of Linux-isms.

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RE[4]: I'll give it a try
by kragil on Fri 30th Sep 2011 12:00 in reply to "RE[3]: I'll give it a try"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

He also says nothing about Killer apps, that is all just in your imagination.

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RE[4]: I'll give it a try
by Straho on Fri 30th Sep 2011 12:48 in reply to "RE[3]: I'll give it a try"
Straho Member since:
2011-09-30

The whole point of what he was saying there is no compelling "Killer App" for the platform to make it a compelling alternative.

I never found this application on Windows, Mac, BSD, Solaris, Haiku, iOS, Android, Bada, Maego, Meemo, webOS, Symbian, HP-UX or AIX.
Also regarding portability I have heard BSD guys (that I used to go to class with) porting code from Linux to BSD and pulling their hair out because of the number of Linux-isms.

It's not an answer. I don't understand what you want to say with this. How hard is to port VLC to BSD? What's difference between VLC for Linux and Windows? What's the difference between SQLDeveloper for 32-bit Windows, for 64-bit Windows, for Mac OS X, for Linux, for other platforms? They all are 147M zips. I use SQLDeveloper, but didn't think about that until now, and I could assure you there's no difference between them from users point of view. Off course skype isn't Linux app only because you could install it on Linux, but most of others application are Linux application.
You could install KDE with windows. That's mean that KDE isn't Linux, is it?

The truth is that many Linux applications have Windows version and vice versa. That's because users wanted it.

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RE[4]: I'll give it a try
by lemur2 on Fri 30th Sep 2011 12:50 in reply to "RE[3]: I'll give it a try"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

The whole point of what he was saying there is no compelling "Killer App" for the platform to make it a compelling alternative.


The whole point of responses is that there is no "Killer App" for any other desktop platform either.

The "Killer feature" of Linux is its um-matchable value-for-money.

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RE[4]: I'll give it a try
by r_a_trip on Fri 30th Sep 2011 13:02 in reply to "RE[3]: I'll give it a try"
r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

About that. What is the compelling "Killer App" for Windows and/or OS X?

Do we still have Killer Apps?

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Generally, if the developer does not change how the application saves user data, it'll simply create a directory directly under the Windows user profile.

Virtualbox on *nix
/home/user/.virtualbox

Virtualbox on Windows
/documents and settings/user/virtualbox
/users/user/virtualbox

I gather it's the same for osX:
/users/user/.virtualbox

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