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: Comment by static666
by Valhalla on Fri 30th Sep 2011 15:44 UTC in reply to "Comment by static666"
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But have you guys ever tried foobar2000 on Windows?

Yes, and last time I used it under wine it ran perfectly. Nowadays I use 'deadbeef' which is a 'linux native' foobar-inspired very lean on resources music-player.

As for Miguel being heartbroken, sure he is but it's not due to lack of linux desktop apps. It's because he was peddling Mono towards the Linux desktop and noone was buying, I remember him whining about the non-existant uptake outside of Novell (where he was developing it) and later Attachmate washed their hands of it when they aquired Novell.

Now he is targeting Mono towards iOS and Android, and that's fine and all but I really doubt it will be a sustainable business. Still, I wish him luck since he certainly loves .NET and I always hope people get to work on what they love.

His bogus claim that Linux haven't got more than 10 great desktop apps though just comes across as petty bitterness as a result of Mono's failure to attract developers on Linux.

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