Linked by David Adams on Wed 10th Sep 2008 15:43 UTC, submitted by Michael Larabel
X11, Window Managers It has been one year and four days since X.Org 7.3 was released and a number of months since X.Org 7.4 was supposed to be released, but today X.Org 7.4 is scheduled to finally make it out the door! This release is shipping quite late and with a slimmed down set of features, but in this article we have more details on what this release holds in store for the Linux desktop community and why it may be a short-lived release.
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Yes most people want something that just works. Most people also want to be rich. Do they get it by whining or do they get it by working hard? It doesn't matter what you say about people "not caring". It still doesn't change anything. I can "not care" about how cars work but that doesn't mean I'm allowed to drive in one until I have a drivers license. They can "not care" all they want, that doesn't mean their demands are reasonable.

Heck, I can even say that I don't care who you are or whether you are a programmer, and that I expect you to deliver a full desktop environment to me within 6 months, for free. Will you listen to me if I said that? If not, then how can you possibly expect others to listen to you? Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Why are you complaining to the free workers? Complain to the paid vendors, i.e. RedHat, Canonical, etc. from whom you have bought a support contract. They are the commercial companies here. If you want to complain like a customer, complain to the vendors.

You take open source for granted. You expect more and more free work from open source developers, and if anything isn't to your liking, you flame them. Why are you wasting your time doing all this? Is it because you don't want to pay for a proprietary system? Heck, even most actual users aren't that ungrateful. They usually say something along the lines of

"hey could you implement this and that? that would be awesome. but I understand that you have your own life and that you're probably busy, so if you can't or can't do it immediately then that's cool"

And surprise - developers usually listen to these people. For some reason, you, and many other OSNewsers and Slashdotters, feel the need to act ungrateful, and when developers don't listen to you, you blame them. Hello, what happened to simple social skills?
I'm not arguing about the merits of open source. I'm talking about your attitude to people.

Edited 2008-09-12 08:03 UTC

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