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[3]: He's right
by TemporalBeing on Fri 30th Sep 2011 14:42 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: He's right"
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"As for the '10 good desktop apps thing', can you list 10 really good apps that DON'T run on Windows?


Depends what you mean by "really good apps". I will interpret it as meaning apps that are at least as good, if not far better, as those currently used for the same purposes on Windows. OK, challenge accepted.

Plasma desktop
digikam
krita
k3b
kate
okular
dolphin
Kst
Amarok
qalculate
"

While I agree that those are great apps, most of them do actually run on Windows as one of the stated goals of KDE4 was for more cross-platform capabilities, and to that end windows.kde.org is driving the Windows ports of most all of KDE. This was aided, of course, by TrollTech/Nokia expanding the GPL/LGPL license of Qt to the Windows version, which use to only be for their commercial customers prior to Qt 4.

About the only app that I know of that doesn't run on Windows from KDE is Konsole which is due to the Pty support on Windows (or rather the lack thereof).

I'm not sure of k3b runs on Windows yet or not...it might, but I can't remember.

Oh - and the KDE/Windows folks even provide a nice installer that does a fairly good job of acting as a package manager, albeit only for what they build.

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