> >the product. Avoid any product ideas that are already covered by
> >freeware unless an "new and improved" product will make it.
> Since I have received no responses, I must assume that there are no
> products that Linux users would be wiiling to pay for. So we
a good bit of the philosophy behind Linux users is free and freely
distributable is better. A large portion of the reason that Joe Q
Public does not have an Interest in Linux are the lack of an "Idiot
Interface" and lack of commercial programs. Most people would love
the stable, powerful, and flexable enviroment Linux offers, but they
do not want to have to tinker. In this case, this means (for example)
that they do not want to fool around with emacs when what they are
used to is a WYSIWYG word processor.
The main things people use the computer for in business and home are the
following (personal observation, not based on actual statistics):
WYSIWYG Word Processing
Database (user and programmer sides)
Specialized programs (statistical, CAD, graphical, etc)
more often than not, many of those programs are integrated to work
What Linux needs to become more available to the mainstream is free or
very low cost versions of all these.
i've not had my linux box up for a couple of years (no home computer,
and i had to convert my work box to NT only when i ran out of disk
space.) so i'm not sure what is currently out there. from what i
remember there is:
Free spreadsheets (thought not as powerful)
Email: just about any "standard" client
PPP: Connection to the world fairly easily (still have to pay provider)
web Browsing: i think netscape has a linux version available.
So what we are left with (besides bringing the above programs up to
par) is a good Word Processing program (verses emacs, the god-like
text editor) All sorts of sprcialized programs (photoshop replacement)
Cad programs, database server (with programmer interface tools), and
lots of games.
A hard goal to reach, indeed.
What we need to do, it start writing programs which DO NOT depend on
specialized system calls. Code can be written to be cross platform
compatable if the coders (or their bosses) are not idiots. the
problem here being, Microsloth and others will not be able to pull
their old tricks of calling undocumented code just to make their
software better than anything else out there. Then, porting the code
is cheap and you don't have to pay 500% more for the unix version.
the other route linux could take to become more "public-friendly" is
to make a good emmulator which would allow NT/Windows/Apple programs
to run under X. (or even stand alone) then people could buy programs
and games for those systems and not have to worry about the lag time
to have it developed under unix. I know linux can run most any dos
program... and i hear it can run some windows 3.1 and NT/95
software... but I've heard it's not up to par.
oh well... i don't have the time to write more....
if anyone knows of some programs already available (word procs, sql
server, etc) which i thought were missing, i'd like to know.... of
course, i'll be looking for them myself when i eventually get my own
system so it's not required... but it would be nice to know ahead of