Google Releases Picasa for Linux (Slashdot)
Posted Jun 7, 2006 9:21 UTC (Wed) by jschrod
In reply to: Google Releases Picasa for Linux (Slashdot)
Parent article: Google Releases Picasa for Linux (Slashdot)
no linux users?
hello? you do realize where you are posting, right?
Yes, but that's no reason to close the eyes in front of reality. Picassa is a desktop application for generic users, and in this target audience there are only a miniscule amount of Linux users. (Engineering applications is another matter.) That missing market makes it hard to spend the budget.
Either a vendor wants to be a player in the marketplace or they don't. Oracle and others figured it out some time ago.
That's a strawman, and a bad one at that. Oracle doesn't play in the generic users desktop market, that's server market. And there Linux got a foothold due to applications like netfilter, Apache, and free DBMSes, (i.e., LAMP) where no application existed with the same functionality or with an adequate price tag. After the Linux servers were already there (and because of the free DBMSes) Oracle and other ISVs decided that there is a market and one can develop for it.
But that's not the case for the desktop market. There is no application in sight that is good enough that generic desktop users switch to Linux just to use it, as it was with LAMP for the servers, creating a market that's relevant enough for ISVs.
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