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[7]: Improvements to Linux?
by ndrw on Sun 20th Jun 2010 06:14 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Improvements to Linux?"
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Uhh, who says the drawing has to be done in software?

That's what modern toolkits (Gtk, Qt, Cairo) do.

Do you remember what happens when a non-composited window is obscured and then exposed? The contents must be redrawn, manually, by the app.

In a legacy X application all client-side data structures are just handlers pointing to a server-side state. When the connection is lost, you loose the data.

Yes, you can reconnect to the server, open a new window, select new fonts, cursors, allocate pixmaps based only on the application state (and hope there were no big changes on the server meanwhile) but that's a lot more to do than repainting the existing window using existing resources.

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