I don't use F-Spot since it's written in Mono. Gimp does what I need to do.
It would be nice to see Evolution improve. I use gmail at work so I can't comment on that.
> The EE CAD programs you mentioned from college, were they open source?
> As for why mechanical CAD programs are only on Windows? I only
> have a guess: blame the Unix wars. They're graphically very
> intensive and difficult to port. There's just not enough money
> in Mac or Linux to justify the effort to bring them back to Unix.
Most electrical engineers have a fair amount of computer experience these days. They do things like write scripts to automate common tasks, and probably have some familiarity with UNIX. Mechanical engineers don't really need these skills in my experience, so UNIX and Linux probably don't look as attractive.