What Linux really needs is more fun

Let me lead you into this idea easily. Open up the Ubuntu Software Center (Figure A), and tell me what you immediately see. You’ll most likely be presented with a list of games, multi-media apps, and other bits of what most people call nonsense. Now, open up the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. What do you see? Games, social networking apps, shopping tools, music, movies, and quite a collection of non tech-centric “fluff.” But you know what? That’s what sells and helps platforms gain traction. It’s not the admin tools or the hard-hitting tech-focused tools that make a platform spread like mad — it’s the software the average user can wrap their minds around. You know, apps that do little more than kill time.