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I wish Linux had more shareware

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I'm not sure whether its uber-cool to say I like Linux or not, but actually I do. And because I do, I wish Linux had more shareware/trialware. Let me explain this blasphemy (in the eyes of RMS anyways).

Linux in general has better text mode support than windows. A better shell (many better shells), better command line utils, better out-of-the-box scripting, data munging languages etc. etc. In the recent years, its got a pretty nifty UI too. I'm very impressed with almost every new Ubuntu, Mandriva and Fedora release to see how far they have come. However, I still feel Linux could use better multimedia support compared to Windows. But you know that this is an age old topic and a work in progress, I'll skip the usual routine. Consider for a second that people actually developed software for Linux that sold for green. And not the odd editor/IDE, but tons and tons of applications in all categories.

What I'd like to see
- A paid for (not too expensive) video player that takes care of everything, including nasty driver compatibilities. VLC's pretty cool but there is a possibility someone could earn a decent sum coding something like this.

- A good text editor with CUA key bindings and which has a stable version on Windows. Scite is nice, but more choice is always better.

- A good archiving + backup solution, something like Powerarchiver for Linux.

Now many people will rightly point out that there are some FOSS packages that are excellent in this regard, but my basic point is this - I want more choice. I want small software shops to build paid software for Linux. I want the FOSS packages to compete with them. I want a software ecosystem comparable to any other OS. And most importantly, I want the stuff to work out of the box even if it means shelling out a few bucks. The docs and support for Linux is excellent but would it really hurt to have some cool utils which we have grown to love on Windows having a native version on Linux? I think not, and maybe I'm wrong here - but maybe, just maybe it tips the balance a little more to the tux's side.

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RodgerB Icon

19 August 2008 - 12:27 AM
Anyone in their right mind would think this imo. I'd really love to see Photoshop on Linux (no, don't refer me to crossover or wine or anything anyone, I'm not a fool).
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abgorn Icon

19 August 2008 - 02:43 PM
Sorry if this sounds noobish of me but what are "CUA key bindings"
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rahulbatra Icon

19 August 2008 - 10:50 PM

abgorn, on 19 Aug, 2008 - 03:43 PM, said:

Sorry if this sounds noobish of me but what are "CUA key bindings"


CUA stands for Common User Access, meaning an application (text editor in this case) having keybindings like Ctrl+S for save, Ctrl+O for open. This rules out Vim and emacs, though I have nothing against them, infact Vim is my right hand I think ;)
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abgorn Icon

20 August 2008 - 11:39 AM
Cool! Infact I'm working on a text editor that has just that! :D
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rahulbatra Icon

20 August 2008 - 12:00 PM
Awesome, will surely try it out :)
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