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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RE: Forgetting what's important
by VistaUser on Fri 6th Mar 2009 11:46 UTC in reply to "Forgetting what's important"
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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 ?

They are.

Why can't it detect that screen's maximum resolution automatically ?

erm... Plymouth does exactly this. Maybe read up on something before making a clueless comment/rant?

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.

XRANDR should help solve those issues. Already developed and working for many situations and drivers.

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.

Different problems unrelated to the graphics subsystem. Throwing more people at a problem does not mean it will be solved.

The reason people write plugins for Compiz fusion is because they enjoy it or the effects. I doubt any corporate backer is paying anyone for such frivolities, so telling people what to do here is like me telling you how to spend your free time. I doubt the developers would appreciate that much.

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.

And this may be at the heart of the problem - an experienced user with how things worked struggling with how they currently work and new technology changes.

Since the last year there has been tremendous amount of work done on the graphics subsystem and it is all coming together.

Edited 2009-03-06 11:46 UTC

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