What programs would you like to see ported to Linux?
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I am a Linux newbie, but my idea is that a nice software to see running on Linux would be Keynote. This presentation software is awesome and it would be terrific to see it running on Linux. It already runs on MacOSX which, as I understand it's just a dialect of Unix.
there's a new wwii strategy game something like c&c except on steriods and based on actual units used in the war. very nice, very pretty, very uptodate and for the life of me, i cannot remember the name of it.
in any event, i'd like to pick that up and have it run under Wine so that i can play it on a OpenGL window. they way it should be. true, it should be ported to linux like everything else.
my idea would be to write a game like that in Java and then it would run anywhere....
I definately would like to see act ported to linux. I find the new features that were added after the program lost the 'symantec act' label such as integrating the alarms notification into the tiny sideact utility were especially useful.
Now I get audio and popup alerts when I have a critical appointment or phone call to make and I don't need to run the bloated Act application in thebackground all the time. I just run a small database monitor and note taking program in my windows systray.
Distribution: Windows XP Professional SP2/SUSE Linux 10
Well this should cause uproar, but oh well...
Microsoft Visual Studio.Net
I have to face it, the only programming language I know is C#.
I am learning C & C++ but Visual Studio.Net is the best IDE for programmers.
(I know it will never happen, but I can hope)
Diablo 1,2, and LoD expantion pack. (I have never been able to get wine to work, lolol)
Of course Macromedia Studio MX
I would have said Adobe Acrobat reader, but thats already been done, as I found out when I bought SuSE 8.2 Pro
Nero would be nice, but it proberly won't happen, so K3B will have to do.
Notepad, sorry guys, but nothing else compares to the simplicity of it.
Distribution: Gentoo, Kubuntu, formerly LFS, SuSE, and RedHat
you're right, it will never happen. Even though Hell just froze over in the form of Apple's iTunes for Windows. Speaking of which, the app I'd most like to see for Linux is:
Yes, XMMS is nice, but there's no real full featured media player app available for Linux. iTunes was just ported to Windows, which has to be more work than porting from Unix to Linux. That's what I'd really love to see in the future.
Also: Paint Shop Pro and/or Photoshop. I personally would use PSP more because I lack any need for the deep featureset of PS and have an old PII 400MHz so I like to minimize load times. But for those who are professionals PS would give Linux more momentum and more market share in the desktop area (which is good). PhotoShop is the most famous and popular image editing program, to the point where it has become a verb (e.g. "I'll just photoshop the dead tree out") often used regardless of what image editing program is actually used.
John C. Dvorak (a writer from PC Magazine) suggested that Adobe port PS in an earlier column of his, and the response from Adobe is that it was unlikely.
Also: MSW Logo. An implementation of Berkley Logo with a full featured editor, multimedia and window functions, and many more capabilities. It's open source, but I lack the programming knowledge to make such a conversion, especially considering system calls and such.
Which goes back to the question of how difficult a program or app is to port to Linux.
From my understanding, the WINE works by emulating the windows environment and responding to and translating Windows system calls into Linux/Unix system calls. Therefore commands to open a file at C:\documents\mysite.html would become openfile /home/<user>/mysite.html
This is simple enough for some apps but there are many many system calls that are more difficult to translate (e.g. fork, opensocket) and that's where it gets sticky. converting from the Windows GUI to the Xwindow system is even harder, since they use fundamentally different interfaces (Windows uses system calls, X uses socket connections)
So especially for a large application, porting can be difficult. And after this you must make all changes to both sets of code, and maintain both equally.