I would love to see the formation of a GNU/Linux production suite encompassing all aspects of production from script writing to DVD authoring and anything in between.
I am the owner of a small advertising company called 9 Iron Productions located in Orlando Florida. I have been in the advertising industry for nearly 4 years now, starting when I was 17. A typical project consists of my team and I meeting with a client, putting together a plan and using a set of non-free tools to execute on that plan.
I have never been happy with the state of non-free software, often making remarks such as “wouldn't it be nice if program X also did...”, or “Program X has too many features, it should be two separate programs”.
After Microsoft released Vista I decided I wanted to get away from non-free software so my company replaced XP with Kubuntu, Final Draft with Celtx and Microsoft Office with Open Office.
We use Firefox, Thunderbird, Filezilla, Celtx, Gimp, Blender, Audaity and VLC because these products are open source, work amazingly well and are cross platform. I know that I can use these products on any computer in our office no matter what hardware or OS it uses.
We have nearly converted to a complete GNU/Linux environment, however there is one big reason we have not.
There is no unity between these great GNU/Linux projects.
Cletx, Kdenlive, Gimp, Blender, Audacity, VLC. Separately these projects are amazing but they look different, they feel different and they are difficult to navigate between.
So I propose a GNU/Linux production suite equivalent to Adobe CS4 or Final Cut Studio 2.
The suit would unite already established projects, unify the look feel as much as possible and closely integrating them together.
I know next to nothing about code and I would in no way be able to start such a project myself, nor do I know the proper channels to go through to get this project underway. I talk to plenty of professionals in the film production industry and we all agree that a suite should be made.
I would love to hear any feedback from any of you great developers out there.