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[4]: Improvements to Linux?
by siride on Sat 19th Jun 2010 21:51 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Improvements to Linux?"
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They only suffer a performance hit when they have to reconnect, which is fine because the goal there is simply to get back to where you were, not to do it seamlessly fast. The fact of the matter is, clients *do* know pretty much everything they need to know to restore their state. The toolkits have an entire client-side hierarchy of objects that represents useful state. Regenerating the few bits needed on the server should be trivial. And if the app really can't handle the server crashing, then it can just exit gracefully (that is, stay alive long enough to reconnect, then give the user a useful error message, save state somewhere and exit).

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