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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10 really good apps
by jessesmith on Fri 30th Sep 2011 15:03 UTC
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2010-03-11

If the claim was it's hard to list 10 really good Gnome/GTK apps, I'd tend to agree. But 10 really good Linux apps is easy. I'll even start with a GTK app:

GIMP
Clementine
Opera
Firefox
Libre/OpenOffice
Evoluition
Thunderbird
kwrite/gedit
k3b
gwenview
PiTiVi
OpenShot
Kleopatra
Ark
VLC

There, 15 or 16 just from what I personally have installed, not including package managers, compilers, dev tools, emulators or virtual machines. And I can easily come up with another ten for games. There is a lot of wonderful software out there for Linux.

Now the part about breaking APIs are diverging standards/distributions, I completely agree with. Linux is a pain to develop for in that regard. So, yes, it could be a lot better. It should be a lot better, he's right. Let's just not make silly claims about there not being great desktop apps on Linux.

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