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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"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.

I know they are. I just wanted to reinforce my point of view.

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?

If Plymouth is an application that provides a splash screen on boot, explain to me how that will help me detect different resolutions if I connect my laptop to different external screens at different places. I've read up on Plymouth, and if it does more than what it says it does, then someone forgot to mention it.

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

Right. And as soon as I activate Xinerama XRANDR goes away. Maybe it's an issue with ATI drivers by itself and it doesn't happen to everyone, but it's an issue.

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.

Ok, maybe I was a little harsh on this one, but I'm just saying that if I managed to come up with time to contribute to an OSS project, I'd probably try to use it to solve important problems. Sometimes people forget that F/OSS is all about people trying to solve each others problems.

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.

I'm not struggling with "how things worked". I've started using Ubuntu a long time ago because I didn't wanted to get stuck in arcane distros like Slackware, so I've been trying to keep up with the evolution of things.

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

I know it has, and not only by F/OSS developers but by driver developers as well. Up until a while ago, Xinerama on my ATI X2300 was nearly impossible.

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