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]: Nice one
by sbergman27 on Sat 17th Mar 2007 15:08 UTC in reply to "RE: Nice one"
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Don't get me wrong--there is a LOT to like about how Feisty is shaping up. But there's also some unacceptably rough edges. The quality has to rise to meet growing expectations. Linux desktops have always been a matter of tweak a little here, clue-bat a little there, and it's great.

While I agree, I'm afraid that progress on some of the problems may be reaching a point of diminishing returns.

For example, shortly we're not even supposed to *need* and xorg.conf file on our systems. Rah! Rah! Rah! But I've had too many monitors that lied about their capabilities to think that I'm not going to have to keep tweaking the frequencies in a config file.

Hardware vendors sometimes don't seem to care that much about what their hardware reports... as long as they get it right in the .inf file they send to Microsoft, Dell, and HP.

Until they start caring more about getting things right with Linux Kernel and Xorg, before they release the hardware in question, we'll continue to be at a disadvantage. Particularly on new hardware like Eugenia's shiny new treasure.

In this way, preinstalls by companies like Dell would actually benefit all of us, if the fixes percolated back upstream before the hardware hit the market.

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