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[2]: Yes and no ...
by filosofem on Sat 1st Oct 2011 10:57 UTC 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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RE[4]: Yes and no ...
by JAlexoid on Tue 4th Oct 2011 09:43 in reply to "RE[3]: Yes and no ..."
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Problem is that games are rarely - Great Windows Applications. They are mostly Great DX3D applications. In addition, a lot of the games he listed aren't even Windows exclusive....

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