Linked by Rahul on Fri 6th Mar 2009 08:37 UTC
X11, Window Managers Plymouth is a project to create a flicker free graphical bootup system designed and developed by Red Hat and included in Fedora 10. Red Hat has been working on Xorg drivers and within the Linux kernel to improve and enhance the kernel mode support needed for Plymouth. Fedora 10 included support for many ATI cards and this is being developed further in Fedora 11 to cover Intel and Nvidia cards as well. Plymouth supports a flexible and powerful plug-in system which can be used to create Plymouth themes. Fedora includes several of them including a simple progress bar and the solar plugin. Now additional work is being done to improve many things and this will land up in Fedora 11 as well.
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Forgetting what's important
by trodrigues on Fri 6th Mar 2009 10:39 UTC
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Instead of working on this kind of crap, why can't they focus on things that are more important from a usability point of view ?

I understand that there are a bunch of different ways to do what Plymouth does, and they are just trying to create a simpler way that should be used by everyone, but IMHO, I think more important stuff needs attention.

Why do I need to keep restarting X everytime i hookup my laptop to an external screen ? Why can't it detect that screen's maximum resolution automatically ? I know some of these things might be related to drivers and closed source drivers might stop some of the attempts to do this, but there's no reason for why it can't work with some of the available drivers. It's silly (and I think it embarasses every desktop Linux user) to have to restart X because of an external screen.

And I'm sure I could find many more examples of this kind of stuff. Many people spend time developing silly and useless plugins for Compiz Fusion when they could probably spend it solving stupid bugs that have persisted for years on desktop apps. Users who come from other platforms won't care about spinning cubes if they can't perform simple tasks they do every day or configure some things with no hassle.

I'm an experienced user (and a previous Gentoo and Slackware user) who doesn't really care about manually editing a config file every once in a while, but sometimes I just want to get some work done and I don't want the system to get in my way.

Edited 2009-03-06 10:39 UTC

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