Re: Debian GNU/Linux (fwd)
Craig Sanders <email@example.com> wrote (on debian-private, Dec 3):
> > 6. What applications are bundled with it?
> <insert long list of Free/Open Source applications here>
> (i know they're really asking about commercial apps, but it's vaguely
> annoying to see the assumption that the only good app is a commerical
Actually... I think that's an open-ended question that
deserves some thought.
I think we should have an application list with an emphasis on
well-rounded and robust applications in a variety of "application niches".
gimp [Graphics manipulation program],
moonlight (er.. except I've had problems with it but I can't determine
if they're user error or application error) [3d composition environment],
rosegarden (I've not even tried this one) [musical sequence editor],
mozilla (eventually.. when it works) [web browser],
emacs (add a word processor when we have a decent one) [development
environment, personal database and text editor],
postgresql (and dbish) [object-oriented database],
tkined [network mapping toolkit]
Before a list like this is used we need some people to
go over the list of applications to make sure that they work
cleanly for beginners:
(*) no major configuration hassles, just start up the program
(*) beginners can do something useful without having to study
[the more useful, the better]
(*) where study is needed, the range of capabilities should
be reasonably obvious to someone who briefly fires
up the program
(*) program doesn't crash when someone is playing around with it
The point of all this is to capture the attention of a journalist who
is under deadline pressure.
[Also, to get people using these programs so that, if some major
capabilities need to be fleshed out, talent and audience are both
We don't necessarily need an office suite -- as long as we can point
out that they do exist.