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]: Misleading article title
by BeamishBoy on Sun 2nd Oct 2011 01:54 UTC in reply to "RE: Misleading article title"
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Every single one of those applications is something which no normal person uses on a daily basis, just people in scientific/engineering fields. This is not the norm.

All of this is true. But it's completely irrelevant to the discussion at hand.

The reason is quite simple. A desktop application can be considered "great" based on one single criteria: how good it is at its intended purpose. It doesn't matter one little bit whether it's a music player, a web browser, or an application for scientific computing. If it's head and shoulders above the competition, it may legitimately be considered as being great.

The fact that the applications I mentioned are all of a statistical/comp-sci nature is irrelevant. Each of them (with the exception, perhaps, of the compilers) is an example of a truly great desktop application. And all of them (with the exception of Visual Studio) are truly great platform-agnostic applications.

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