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  1. What Apps Do You Wish Linux Had, Or Can’t Find a Replacement For? If you could magically, instantly, create any sort of app for the Linux desktop right now, what would it be? This question has been tumbling around my brain all weekend thanks to some new (totally spammy) comments being left on an article of mine from 2013 — an article in which I decried the lack of “simple, purposeful” Linux desktop apps. Now, don’t misunderstand my intention in asking you what you’d create if you could. I am not saying Linux has an app gap. I am not implying that open-source suffers from any sort of major software malaise. Those of us who use Linux full time know that we’re not short of drop-in replacements for a broad range of well-known software types. GIMP is, for most of us, every bit as capable as Adobe Photoshop; Kdenlive, Blender and Lightworks all cater to different types of Linux-based video editors; and between Geary, Nylas N1, Evolution, Thunderbird, Sylpheed, K9, there’s barely any e-mail need left uncatered for. No, I’m asking more about tools that fill a specific need in a specific way. “App” apps if you will. What sort of app do you find yourself searching for only to come up empty? LINUX Y U NO MEME APP? There are apps on my phone I can’t wait to use on the desktop I used to really, really long for a desktop meme-maker. Why? App envy. I subscribe to many awesome sites, like Lifehacker, that spotlight awesome apps. I used to see really nifty meme generators that were Windows and Mac OS X only. I really wanted someone to create a simple GTK+ app that could let me hammer out impact bold witticisms over a well established meme template, and let me quickly upload my creations to sites like imgur, in-app. I’ve since outgrown that desire. A desktop meme maker would be overkill now that many competent online tools exist for the job. But I feel the point I was making still (somewhat) stands: there are apps that I love using on mobile platforms for which a decent, comparable alternative on the Linux desktop is (currently) missing. Hope for the future There’s reason to be hopeful. Though I’d wager that native app development for Ubuntu on Phones and Tablets is far scarcer than it should be, the lure of Convergence is poised to bring apps like Dekko, Music and Calendar to the Ubuntu desktop. One of my favorite Ubuntu Touch apps is Pockit, an offline-equipped Pocket reader, one I’d dearly love to see make the transition (Pocket offer a native desktop app for OS X). Snaps will also offer app makers a really clean, sane way to distribute software free of the usual packaging hurdles and distribution headaches. Back to the question, and over to you But back to the question: If you could make any sort of native app for your Linux desktop what would it be? Share your app ideas, inspirations, rants, wants, mockups, etc. in the comments section of source article and please do mention in the comments section below. To keep this a realistic discussion — app developers be lurking — let’s avoid the usual clamour for Adobe products and focus on more general themes, such as “a photo manager comparable to iPhoto”, “a native GTK+ Pocket app” , “an e-mail client that handles Exchange”, etc. Source
  2. Visual Studio 2013 lands alongside a cloud-hosted IDE. Nov 13 2013 - Though it has been available on MSDN for a few weeks now, today marks the official launch of Microsoft's flagship development environment, Visual Studio 2013. In addition to supporting Microsoft's latest platforms—in particular, Windows 8.1—Visual Studio 2013 includes some pretty neat productivity features. Revision history and work item information appears inline within the code editor to show what has changed and why. In the new release, the IDE also includes a bunch of new profiling capabilities for Windows Store apps. There's a profiler to measure application energy usage, user interface responsiveness, memory usage, and, of course, processor usage. Enlarge / Show who changed what, and why. Alongside the new IDE, the company is also launching a quintet of new and updated services, collectively known as "Visual Studio Online." Underpinning the entire set of online offerings is Team Foundation Service, the cloud-hosted version of the Team Foundation Server application lifecycle management suite. This provides both centralized version control using the Team Foundation version control system and distributed version control using git, along with work item tracking, planning, and management. Building on this service is a software-build service to perform cloud-based building from within Visual Studio and on Visual Studio Online. Once built, the Elastic Load Test Service allows that software to be tested with tens of thousands of virtual users to see how it performs under load. TFS, Hosted Build, and Elastic Load Test are all available in public preview from today. The remaining two services are more limited. The first of these is Application Insights, which initially collects performance and usage data from .NET and Java applications on Windows Server and Windows Azure, as well as Web and Windows Phone 8 apps. With Application Insights, developers can see how their applications are being used and how they're performing, and they can then collect diagnostic information when there are problems. The second is an IDE in the cloud codenamed Monaco. Monaco is still an early preview at the moment—hence only having a codename—that right now allows quick browser-based editing of Azure websites. Visual Studio Online will be free for teams of up to five and will give users 60 minutes of build time and 15,000 load test user-minutes. MSDN subscribers will receive Visual Studio Online benefits as part of their subscriptions. For nonsubscribers who need to support larger teams, there are subscription options, and more minutes of building and load testing can be bought for $0.05 and $0.002, respectively. Finally, Microsoft is also offering a fourth update to Visual Studio 2012 to fix bugs and enhance compatibility with Visual Studio 2013. Source: Ars Technica
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