How to 10x grow the number of Linux Desktop Apps
The Linux Desktop App ecosystem is fragmented at the moment which limits it growth. We have to create a shared platform that attracts more 3rd party software vendors to develop software for the Linux Desktop. This talks covers some learning of the past, some big opportunities for the future to grow and concrete proposals how to get there.
The Linux Desktop App ecosystem is fragmented at the moment which limits it growth. We have to create a shared platform that attracts more 3rd party software vendors to develop software for the Linux Desktop while avoiding internal fights about technical implementation details.
As a former KDE e.V. board member and long time contributor to the Linux Desktop I have a lot of experience with collaborating between KDE and GNOME. I created the first AppStores for both projects in 2001 and tried to bring them together under the openDesktop.org brand. The past efforts to collaborate between KDE and GNOME where not as successful as they could have been. In this talk I will discuss the reasons and issues of the past. But I will mainly focus on the opportunities of the future and how to get there.
As the founder of the open source projects ownCloud and Nextcloud I have some additional experience what factors have a strong positive or negative influence in building a big ecosystem of 3rd party apps.
At the moment Nextcloud is a 3rd party software vendor that builds and packages software for GNOME and KDE. And we have deep integration in GNOME via the Online Accounts. So this talk will also cover the outside view as a Linux Software Vendor
The main topic of this talk will be some concrete ideas and actions that we should do to grow the Linux Desktop App ecosystem significantly.