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: Yes and no ...
by twitterfire on Sat 1st Oct 2011 00:44 UTC in reply to "Yes and no ..."
twitterfire
Member since:
2008-09-11

The thing is, I'd have a hard time naming 10 great Windows desktop applications and I've been using Windows for about 3 years now.


That's easy. I can probably mention at least 1000 but I will mention only ~70.

Microsoft Office, Microsoft Visual Studio, Adobe Photoshop, 3DS Max, Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere, uTorrent, KMPlayer, Adobe Dreamweaver, Cyberlink PowerDVD,ACDSee, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Audition, Everest, DVDShrink, Partition Magic, Winamp, Finale, Notepad, Google Earth, Traktor DJ, Soundforge, Nero, Picasa, Guitar Rig, Amplitube, Acronis True Image, Adobe After Effects, Autocad, CCleaner, Mathematica, Quicken, Steinberg Cubase, Visicalc, Trillian, World of Warcraft, Half Life, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Rift, Guild Wars, Grand Theft Auto, Resident Evil, Final Fantasy, Metal Gear, Halo, TES Oblivion, KOTOR, Civilization, Heroes of Might and Magic, Need for Speed, Fear, Syberia, Mafia, Deus Ex, Gods of War, Rift, LOTRO, Warhammer, Planesacape Torment, Ultima Online, Unreal Tournament, Fallout, Starcraft, Diablo, The Witcher, Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Knights.

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RE[2]: Yes and no ...
by filosofem on Sat 1st Oct 2011 10:57 in reply to "RE: Yes and no ..."
filosofem Member since:
2010-05-05

Funny that halfway you started to inflate the list with games. Hey, it's apps we're talking about here. The number of apps sitting on my Docky easily exceed 20 and they are all good if not great, with the sole exception of Skype -- proprietary crap that fails on me all the bloody time and can't be fixed no matter what because the source is not open.

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RE[3]: Yes and no ...
by zlynx on Mon 3rd Oct 2011 17:16 in reply to "RE[2]: Yes and no ..."
zlynx Member since:
2005-07-20

What's wrong with listing games as applications?

Their purpose is to amuse the user, cause relaxation and fun.

Really, that's just as important as producing office documents, isn't it?

I don't think you can consider great 3D design applications like Maya without considering the game applications that use those 3D models.

Or, if VLC can be a great application to watch movies then game engines are equally great applications for interactive entertainment.

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