This thread is not intended to be a annoying and redundant discussion about open source vs closed source software.
Why isn’t there more commercial software for Linux?
And I am not speaking about the professional server-sided one, or the “in-house” and personalized solutions for mid sized professional enterprises. There is, AFAIK a whole bunch.
The thing that I do not understand is that the frivolous “screensaver” kind of things as well as other creative software are not offered on the market.
A lot of these products (we speak about “no adware, spyware but on payment”), is available for Mac.
Now I am far from being an expert, but if something is brought natively to Mac (that is, if I am not in error) Unix based, then it should be technically not overly costly to bring it also to Linux.
This is true also for professional OCR software, for reference mangers, and many more. Mac available. Linux not. Or take (a part of skype) the voip softwares around. Very often the announce vaporware (we are currently developing) that everybody knows it will never ship.
Now the question is: why is this not done?
Is this not done because of the GPL or don’t they port it because of the low market share of Linux? With other words enterprises see no business. Or is there a business and they just do not want to see it?
Or is this expression of a contorted mentality of the producers seeing in the open source OS simply a “red thread to capitalistic values”?
Because if the quality would be good (true for quite a number of applications out there) I would not have a problem to pay for a very specialized technical software as OCR, or one that requires a particular amount of investment in terms of artistically skills and creativity. These software applications require such a high degree of specialization that sometimes I think that the open source model could be less efficient (in the sense that such a project will be feasible. but will take time and will run into the problem of an elevated turnover of programmers, mainly for the reasons that they have to make their living also elsewhere.
For me, open source is done because people belief in this kind of model but it shall not be forced on others as long as they do not take unilateral advantage of the work of others. And I do not see that it has been constructed not to allow business with software. (Leave apart the ideological discussion about good or bad. I am really interested about the motivational (or legal) issue.