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My distro has thousand of "apps", and unlike the iOS/Android app stores, most of them are useful, not cheap copies of the most used apps...
I don't think the Linux desktop lacks apps. Rather, it lacks the kind of things that Eitan writes about - "a focus on the production end of the New Media pipeline".
The GNOME project at 15
Posted Aug 15, 2012 0:03 UTC (Wed) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
The linux desktop lacks many specific apps that people need.
some of the gaps have been getting closed (OOo and LO have done wonders), but there are others (outlook replacement, the ability to create visio diagrams, CAD programs, etc) and the fact of the matter is that if you have even a couple programs that you can't run on your main OS and instead need to use a VM with Windows to run, it very quickly becomes easier to just use Windows for everything.
Posted Aug 22, 2012 8:02 UTC (Wed) by rahvin (subscriber, #16953)
Having tried every FOSS CADD package a couple years ago I can say with certainty there wasn't a single one that was even close to the cheapest 2D piece of crap commercial software in existence (there are 4th tier commercial indie CAD applications that are available for near nothing that are better than QCAD which was the best I tried) let alone offered real 3D and the precision necessary in commercial engineering.
If Linux is to succeed commercially we need commercial software. There is a lot of software that is only going to be developed as commercial software because of the specialization and work involved.
Posted Aug 22, 2012 18:37 UTC (Wed) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
They said the same thing about many areas that are now dominated by FOSS, including the OS itself (something that's far more complex than any CADD software)
Posted Aug 30, 2012 15:24 UTC (Thu) by wookey (subscriber, #5501)
I see real signs of progress in this area, after a rather bare period.
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