Linux evolute and it is normal so, all things evolute, nothing stay unchanged.
But Linux did loose app's without other equivalent in all the Linux scope of applications.
... The family of WYSYG HTML editors! Which ones were WYSYG HTML editors? A lot of applications
- I begin with Amaya because it was the official (test) browser and HTML editor of www , not because it was extremely diffused...
- kompozer, the stand alone application made using XUL runner
- seamonkey (it is actually the only one app being yet accessible from an external depository), also made using XUL runner, and including over a browser about equivalent with firefox (but better: for guy's having a lot of graphical jobs, seamonkey has the advantage from the easy to hide bars. The artist or graphic expert get so the maximal place on the browser screen for the graphic! It is really a great advantage. And people using frequently land maps etc. also... Debian did have the completely free equivalent of seamonkey all the time until just 2..3 years ago!
- bluegriffon and vu, both are about equivalent and did have the vocation to become the new kompozer.
- an extension to the powerfull editor kate from KDE, but after the change from KDE 3.5 to KDE 4. the energy to adapt it did get loose...
It is possible to produce HTML documents in LibreOffice, ok, but it is not really the goal of this package, the code is extrem heavy, long etc. The pages produced with it are really a lot slower as coded per hand, but it is very difficult to add code manually because of the complexity of the code made by LibreOffice. So is LibreOffice a possibility, of course, but a very bad choice!
I find terrible to see, that Linux abandonne totally such very important domains without to promote new applications for same. Linux become very poor at least
It is not the only one field where that did happen:
- voice applications are very rare although IBM did give the right to use the needing code a lot of years ago and the code did exist in adequate form!
- applications like xvidcap did become uninstallable because the needing libraries did disappear of the depositories.
I did continue to install kompozer and xvidcap in 16.04. It was yet possible and did work. Today, in 17.04, only a year later, it goes not any more
. If we all accept those decisions of shrink the competence of Linux we will become very fast a Linux able of nothing at least any more
A way would be to handle like you great friend M$: Including the needing libraries direct in the binaries instead to refer to them, it would be possible to continue to use a lot of excellent packages all more important as some new development steps... The interdependency of libraries and packages will be terrible in effect on Linux if the Linux world only reduces his scope of services because it is not convaincant any more for young developers!
Debian did make a wrong choice favoriting new libraries killing really each a productive tree of applications and encouraging some uncompatibilities like under the versions of GTK etc.
New developers seems to find now Android more attractive. Android for PC seems to become a solution that more and more gets the consideration of people.