Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Apr 2010 13:10 UTC
Linux We all know Synaptics, the company that seems to produce just about every touchpad you can get your hands fingers on. Their touchpads also do a lot of multitouch and gesture stuff, but up until now, their set of gestures, the Synaptics Gesture Suite, was only available on Windows. Luckily, they've ported it over to Linux, and made it available for OEMs building Linux laptops.
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RE[7]: Comment by spinnekopje
by Laurence on Tue 20th Apr 2010 16:43 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by spinnekopje"
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I don't *like* Windows and I don't like Linux either. They are both giant piles of shit, each in their own craptacular way. I also don't like people who think that OSS with it's scattershot approach to development actually produces a working desktop comparable with Windows and Mac OS X (such as they are...).

But it does though because I've been using it as my desktop for at least 5 years.

Plus the "scattershot" approach isn't really true. Sure the software development falls into that category, but the desktop distros unify all this.

Thus if you install a desktop distro you get a fully functional desktop (as has been pointed out a thousand times already).

I've run Linux for many years, as have friends of mine, my sister and her boyfriend. And every single one of us has had issue after issue.

Like what, using what hardware, what distros and how long ago?

You see Linux forums polluted with questions about how to get basic hardware working that you claim always works out of the box.

I see Windows forums polluted with exactly the same questions. After all, if you're technically inept then you'll fsck up any OS install, be it Windows, Linux or OS X.

I don't mean to sound all superior - I'm all for making life as easy for users as possible. But the sad truth is as idiot proof as you make something, bigger idiots will come along. So simply using message boards as a guide to an OS usability is flawed. (Hell, I've even lost count of the number of "I can't work out iTunes and have wiped my iPod by mistake" queries - so even Apple suffers from the above).

I see graphics drivers that still can't compete with what Windows has.

Neither can OS X yet you used that as your benchmark.
Furthermore, Linux is the movie industries preferred rendering OS for special effects. So clearly "backwards" OS has something to offer.

I see a lack of a clean, unified API for programs to target. I see fragmentation, constant churn and project wars. It just doesn't work. That there is a workable desktop solution at all for Linux is not because of the bazaar model, but in spite of it, thanks, mainly, to the work of a few folks with strong personality (Linus, Aaron Seigo, Keith Packard, etc.).

That's the first truthful thing you've posted. And yes, it is in spite of Linux's many flaws. However there is still a workable desktop so to argue otherwise is completely false.

To go back to your benchmark - OS X was born out of the fragmentation of BSD and the lark. However, just like "desktop Linux", OS X needed strong personalities if it was to succeed - which thankfully it had.
So don't think that just because the overall Linux community is fragmented, that there isn't pockets (or rather distros) that work very well.

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