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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Why no video editing
by Darkmage on Sat 1st Oct 2011 00:20 UTC
Darkmage
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2006-10-20

The reason for no video editor is pretty simple. Reinventing the wheel doesn't work for video. GStreamer is a horrible implementation of the idea. Without a solid pipelining framework any attempt at making a decent video editor is going to fail. You can't really write a monolithic video editing application, and to make it work you have to get right into the guts of the OS to make it right. The best video editing software around is all under Mac OSX. The reason is the Objective-C video apis that apple invested a ton of money making are such a solid foundation that it just snaps together easily and it works. The api is so robust that you can have realtime applications running on it without them crashing every five minutes. It's something which I haven't seen available even on windows. If linux wants a decent video editing program they should start with the GNUstep APIs and reimplement the Apple video apis.

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RE: Why no video editing
by tupp on Sat 1st Oct 2011 03:54 in reply to "Why no video editing"
tupp Member since:
2006-11-12

No NLE on OSX nor Windows comes close to the robustness of Piranha: http://ifxsoftware.com/products/piranha

Piranha is as high-end as one can get. Guess what -- Piranha only runs on Linux!

Of course if you can't afford the USD$250,000 for Piranha and it's hardware console, you can buy it's little brother for USD$10,000 -- Ant: http://ifxsoftware.com/ant

Ant was handling 4k Red streams about a year before Avid and Final Cut Pro. Ant only runs on Linux.

A lot of high-end production software runs on Linux.

What was that about having to get into the guts of the OS and using Apple APIs??

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RE[2]: Why no video editing
by Darkmage on Sat 1st Oct 2011 04:49 in reply to "RE: Why no video editing"
Darkmage Member since:
2006-10-20

...and you've just shot your own argument in the head, Pirhanna is a Commercial non open-source product. The entire API/Framework is made by one company. Ant is also another proprietary non opensource product.. how does this help Linux again? Call me when a normal linux user has access to these tools without forking out thousands of dollars? remember every mac user has FREE access to quartz composer built into their license for Mac OSX. There is nothing close to that on linux that will allow you to mix HD feeds in realtime, or allow layered effects. OSX is only $39.95 for a legit license you can run on most intel based PC hardware, and a mac will set you back less than $1000 for an i7 mac mini which will let you do the editing.

Edited 2011-10-01 04:53 UTC

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