Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Jun 2006 12:54 UTC, submitted by Valour
Linux "The impending release of Windows Vista with its fancy Aero Glass special effects, along with the hasty addition of the similar XGL and Compiz technologies to the latest SUSE Linux release makes me think that programmers have a warped idea of what desktop computing is about. For some reason, many GNU/Linux users are concerned about competing feature-for-feature with Vista, while Apple and Microsoft struggle to add more graphical extras to their already graphics-intensive desktop OSes. It's gotten so that you need a serious 3D video card (with proprietary drivers) and a fairly fast computer just to keep up with desktop environments. Whatever happened to being productive and having fun?"
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Linux needs its own DirectX
by stray on Wed 28th Jun 2006 19:05 UTC
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2006-06-28

I disagree that Linux shouldn't have things like Xgl or whiz-bang graphical effects, because if the market wants it, who are we to argue?

On the other hand, what Linux does NOT need is more shoehorned graphic and sound systems. Seriously, it's getting so that in order to make sure your sound works, you have to put ALSA through OSS or something, and the same could be said for graphics.

It's time for the open source community to do what Microsoft did in the mid-1990s and commission an official graphics and audio framework, like MSFT's DirectX. Such a project would enable users to have standard access to graphics and audio hardware, while also simplifying programming and possibly even attracting more game developers to the platform.

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