Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Mar 2011 18:59 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y And over the weekend, the saga regarding Canonical, GNOME, and KDE has continued. Lots of comments all over the web, some heated, some well-argued, some wholly indifferent. Most interestingly, Jeff Waugh and Dave Neary have elaborated on GNOME's position after the initial blog posts by Shuttleworth and Seigo, providing a more coherent look at GNOME's side of the story.
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RE[7]: F**k this shit!
by nt_jerkface on Tue 15th Mar 2011 23:39 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: F**k this shit!"
nt_jerkface
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If one wanted an objective opinion on Windows vs Linux, you'd expect anyone to go to Thom? Seriously?


Yes I would, he has an interest in alternative operating systems and has given Linux a fair trial on numerous occasions. From the way he writes I can tell that he wants to like Linux but has had too many problems with it. He sure as hell is no Paul Thurott.

My last Windows upgrade was from XP to XP64 and it sure came with driver hell, including video drivers.


XP to XP64 is a major upgrade. XP64 is based on Server 2003. You went from a desktop to server OS.

I also remember a ton of problems when people were upgrading to Vista. And no, this is no evidence of Windows being worse than Linux either, it just shows that there's no basis for your 'more likely' since there are certainly flaky drivers in both Windows and Linux.


Linux is far more likely to break drivers between minor upgrades. You'd have to be pretty deluded to believe otherwise. The problem is not with the actual Linux drivers but a kernel level driver model that is not designed around end users or hardware companies.

Totally different market segments, I'm pretty sure companies realises that targeting Linux desktop with 'fart apps' would be a commercial suicide, just like they aren't targeting the Windows desktop with it either.


Fart apps? There are hundreds of full length games on the iphone. Why isn't The Sims 3 available for Linux? It is on every other platform including the iphone.

However the whole 'not appealing to proprietary developers thing' is just bullshit.


No distro is trying to cater to proprietary developers. They have software distribution systems that are designed around open source. Ubuntu has been moving towards supporting proprietary developers but is still centered around the repository system which favors open source.

The reason this market exists on Linux is because it's the platform of choice for pretty much every large SFX/3D company, so despite the overall small market share, Linux is extremely well supported in this segment.


Linux is used in rendering farms but is a minority platform when it comes to desktop drawing.

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