Linked by David Adams on Fri 18th Jun 2010 19:17 UTC
Linux Linux Magazine has a profile of Daniel Fore and the Elementary project. Elementary is a Linux distro that's committed to a clean and simple user experience, but it's more than a distro - it's actually a multi-pronged effort to make improvements to the user experience for a whole ecosystem of components, including icons, a GTK theme, Midori improvements, Nautilus, and even Firefox. The work that elementary is doing isn't limited to their own distro, and some of their work is available in current, and perhaps future, Ubuntu releases. The results are really striking, and I think it's probably the handsomest Linux UI I've ever seen.
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RE[3]: Improvements to Linux?
by ndrw on Sat 19th Jun 2010 17:25 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Improvements to Linux?"
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X (unlike HTTP) is a stateful protocol. A client opens a session and talks to the server. If the server dies, the session is lost, and so is its state (windows, pixmaps, cursors, fonts, inputs etc.).

Yes, one could somehow implement a stateless mechanism by tracking all the state changes in the client, so that if the connection is lost the client has an option to retry it or to use another server. But that would require either changing the protocol and clients or using a wrapper (an intermediate server like Xvnc) and suffer the performance hit.

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