How many media players, social media gadgets and widget-like clocks do we really need? I'm all for making Linux application development accessible, but how about we support a focus on software that others would actually like to use? Maybe even applications that offer solutions to problems not being addressed currently?
We've been very lucky to have access to LibreOffice, GIMP, Firefox, among others. However, filling up our software repositories with software developed by newbies isn't going to make Ubuntu more attractive to anyone.
At its core, the Ubuntu App Developer Portal is a tremendous opportunity. The portal itself is done well, considering how new it is.
But considering the flood of newbie software making it into the Ubuntu repositories, I hope this project considers making a special sub-section for applications that aren't really up to par.
By taking a newbie sub-section approach, it will keep the existing applications free from the flood of "learning to program" applications that are sure to come otherwise. If this simple measure were added, new Ubuntu users wouldn’t blame Ubuntu as a whole for one or two bad experiences with those poorly created applications.
With my above concerns addressed, it's possible that the Ubuntu App Developer Portal could be a real "game changer" for the Ubuntu desktop. Perhaps we'd even see Adobe looking to bring over some of their missing applications, ranging from Photoshop to After Effects!
As good as many open source applications are, we still need certain proprietary software titles to attract die-hard users from other operating systems. Since this kind of adoption is a goal for the Ubuntu team, it must be addressed properly.
I do realize that for Linux purists, none of this sounds very attractive. But that's the wonderful thing about using Linux. Even if we disagree with the direction Ubuntu is heading in, we can always switch to something we like better.
Speaking for myself, I find I have mixed feelings. Even though I do just fine being free from the world of proprietary software, I must admit that not having to wonder if the software my wife wants to use is compatible does have a certain appeal to it. She has said on many occasions that if Photoshop was available on Linux (not using Wine), she would drop OS X like a brick. Sounds like a challenge to me!
What do you think? How important is using name brand software to you on the Linux desktop? Would having access to Microsoft Office or Photoshop (among other proprietary software titles) add value or instead, create frustration for you?