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As I understand it, the ribbon is coming soon as an option to OpenOffice, though I never went looking for details. Hopefully it's as an option, or can be disabled if it's made default, but that aside, it's presence means that the arguement of having to relearn because of the toolbar->ribbon switch isn't as relevent, as then they'll both have it.
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I would personally like to see the entire Adobe Suite of applications ported over.
I know a lot will be able to be done with HTML 5 which will change the way we develop websites but that only means that Adobe will come out with a way saving Director and Shockwave animations into HTML 5.
Lets face it they are the best tools for the job. That said they really need to work on the code generated by the wysiwyg editor in Dreamweaver.
obviously you use a different windows 7 to everybody else which does not require days of searching to find drivers (if they exist at all) for older hardware, by and large I have found ubuntu to works with 95% of my hardware out of the box.
I hate to say this, but for some unusual reason I don't only find myself with the present of a new laptop with Windows on, it has Windows Vista, and for some inexplicable reason it's managing to not only overcome all bad press about it, and is actually outperforming Archlinux on the same computer.
On an unrelated note, I want uTorrent, Battery Care and Winamp for Linux. I remember once finding something very similar to Winamp on Linux, but I can't for the life of me remember what it's called.
Distribution: Puppy Linux 5.0,Ubuntu 10.04, Open Solaris
After some careful thought, I have decided that I really don't want Windows programs "ported" to Linux, with the exception of a few hardware specific applications, like scanning utilities, complete printer drivers, and at the risk of getting crucified here, I would LOVE to see a Linux version of the Zune software (or at least the ability to manage my Zune in Rhythmbox), as it is the only thing that forces me to run Windows in a virtual box. I still use Front Page and Publisher occasionally, but I can do without them as they do have decent Linux counterparts.
On the whole though, I would rather see viable native Linux programs better than their Windows (and Mac) counterparts.
It would be good to have some fledgling Linux projects prosper, like XNView (a VERY viable alternative to ACDSee), which is SUPPOSED to run in Linux, and while it is brilliant in Windows, I can't get it to run in any distro, on any computer, and I have tried several distros and 3 computers... It would be nice to see some infusion of interest in Scribus, which has the potential to be a viable alternative to Corel Draw, and it would be nice to have more and better format converters for Abiword and OOO.
That said, I think there are some Linux programs that are far better than anything in Windows. I GREATLY prefer Evolution to Outlook for example, and RawTherapee is the best raw converter out there, much better than Lightroom, Bridge, or Aperture IMHO, but not as good as the now dead and buried RawShooter, which Adobe bought and killed intentionally. Abiword and Gnumeric are fast, stable, and easy to use, and it is a shame that OOO is following instead of trying to lead, though I do understand why.
In fact, I am for ANYTHING that keeps Adobe and Apple software off of my machine. I was totally thrilled when I was able to get Gwibber to work in Ubuntu after they separated the front and back ends, as it allowed me to take TweetDeck off the machine, and the dreaded Adobe Air with it. I won't even run the Adobe Reader, as it is one of the most annoying programs ever (it is a shame that Envoy was late in the game, as it was better than Acrobat, but just could not get adopted as Acrobat had such a big lead to begin with...we see this in the mp3 world as well...).
Linux is not Windows nor is it OSX, and that is some of the draw for me. Windows is boring, and OSX is just the most illogical OS ever invented (I have to use it every day for work, and I loathe every millisecond that I'm on it...). I don't want either. I am VERY happy with Linux, and have pretty much everything I need except the aforementioned Zune compatibility...