What programs would you like to see ported to Linux?
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Are there no data mining or text mining software on Linux platform?
I know this is not what you mean, but there are a lot of powerful tools at your disposal like wget, find, grep, even text editors (I use vim). There are great variety of tools that can help you to dig around, suck information in from the net swirl it about and spit it out in a manner that is meaningful to you.
It does take some work, but every time I've needed to do something like that I've been truly amazed. These are actually the kind of things that made me switch. It's been a long time since I even tried to use (ahem) the other operating system to do anything useful, well I'm sure playing games has its uses, but that's all Windows is for me now.
However, if you can point out some examples of programs that run on other operating systems, that would be useful to me. Just so I can see what I'm missing.
actually, I wouldn't mind seeing something a lot like windows media player for linux at all. All the time I used windows with openoffice, gimp, and gaim I was still using windows media over winamp or itunes. I've got a lot of music, and it was good at keeping track of it all. Maybe this is just because I haven't yet found the better open-source program, but in my <24hrs of linux use, I'm already unhappy with XMMS, Totem, MPlayer, and that A one with the wolf, can't remember it's name. If there were a Linux media player that did everything WMP10 did, plus TV, I'd be one very happy new user.
I've liked Amarok ok, although i'm tempted to switch to XMMS for the plugins and support in general. If I could get Amarok to play more formats and have some cool features like windows media did, I'd be happy with it. I'm using xine for video with great success (except for DVD, but that's probably not xine's problem), I just wish I could have it all in one program