Four programs I would love to see ported to Linux:
GIMP is a good replacement, but it lacks Photoshop’s plugins (oh for Noise Ninja or DxO) and the shear breadth of support and information. I can find something new about Photoshop every single day. Yes, I can make GIMP look like Photoshop. I can do pretty much everything I want in GIMP too, but it’s just not the same. WE WANT PHOTOSHOP!
I’m now hooked on High-Dynamic Range images. Until I find a way of creating tone-mapped HDRs using Linux (and I’m sure there is a way) this is now on my ‘essential apps’ list.
Just because, y’know………..
A 3D program that’s fun to fiddle with. Blender is great, but it’s not got that “ooooh, what does this do” kiddie in a toy-box feeling I get from Truespace. Blender looks more like the flight deck of an Airbus, and that carries through to how it feels to use too.
I know wine will run almost all of these with varying degrees of success, but I’d love to see Linux-native versions of these programs so they’re thread-safe, real multi-user and don’t need wine’s (admittedly very clever) overlay to run. Photoshop + Linux’s memory management and stability = photo manipulation heaven.
Four programs I would hate to see ported to Linux:
It is a broken piece of software that’s destined to destroy everything it touches. Rather than be “upgraded” (read: made bigger and even less compatible with Standards) it should be buried in a shallow grave where ravens can pick out its eyes. Putting IE on Linux would be like fitting a motor from a lawn mower into a Porche.
Ditto, above. It’s not needed. We want Open Document formats with no “added extras” (read: No compatibility problems). Word has had its day. Unlike IE though, it could evolve into being a good Open Document word-processor, but I don’t see it happening any time soon. Not while Microsoft is playing with putting everything “Live” (read: Dead in the water), anyway.
Any print drivers made by HP
HP. Good printers, terrible drivers. Why in the name of all that’s holy does a printer need 500Mb of “drivers” (read: a photo album, red-eye reduction software, online help and 500 flash movies) with no option to uninstall the bits you don’t need. Why oh why oh why. Please, HP – never, ever infect Linux like you have Windows.
Yes, I would love it to be ported. I’d hate it too, because I fear it would consume my life.
There’s my list. Now what’s yours? What programs couldn’t you live without? What’s stopping you from making the move to Linux and kicking Windows where it hurts?