Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 17th Mar 2007 00:26 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu During my 8 years of Linux on and off usage I have tried more distros than I have chocolate bars. Each one of my previous encounters meant that I had to spend at least 2 days configuring before I have a desktop that I was somewhat comfortable with. With Ubuntu Feisty Fawn's latest test beta --for the first time ever-- this was not the case. I was up and running with all the niceties I wanted within 2 hours.
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RE[2]: Much Better?
by henrikmk on Sat 17th Mar 2007 07:55 UTC in reply to "RE: Much Better?"
henrikmk
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2005-07-10

You can't be serious.

A new install of Windows is likely to be 640x480 VGA 16 colours no 3D, because Windows doesn't have the video card driver at all. You have to find the CD that comes with your video card to get a driver. More than likely that will be an XP (or older) driver that doesn't work with Vista, so forget about upgrades.


Well, this doesn't have much to do with fiddling with complex config files, does it? It is, in fact, easier for the end user to grab a CD with a driver and click Next a few times in the installer dialog box, than it is to learn the syntax and read manuals on how to change X.org configuration.
And yes, I've seen X.org's on consumer machines that magically stop working, stop with a blinking cursor at a console after reboot due to a configuration error during an upgrade, rendering the machine useless. The user has absolutely no idea how to fix this, other than to reinstall the whole thing. In Windows, at least you can still point and click. :-)

But this wouldn't have to be a problem if the complexity and fragility of X.org was completely removed and replaced with a simpler and much more robust graphics system.
Something that is guaranteed to start up in graphics mode, even when all options fail, so users at least see something familiar. 99% of consumers do not require the nifty networking features of X.org to do work.
It seems that even after so many years of work developing X, it's still possible and relatively easy to screw up configuration in ways that are unique to X.

Edited 2007-03-17 07:57

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