Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Feb 2015 18:46 UTC

This is, in my mind, orthogonal to the systemd question. I used to be able to say Linux was clean, logical, well put-together, and organized. I can't really say this anymore. Users and groups are not really determinitive for permissions, now that we have things like polkit running around. (Yes, by the way, I am a member of plugdev.) Error messages are unhelpful (WHY was I not authorized?) and logs are nowhere to be found. Traditionally, one could twiddle who could mount devices via /etc/fstab lines and perhaps some sudo rules. Granted, you had to know where to look, but when you did, it was simple; only two pieces to fit together. I've even spent time figuring out where to look and STILL have no idea what to do.

systemd may help with some of this, and may hurt with some of it; but I see the problem more of an attitude of desktop environments to add features fast without really thinking of the implications. There is something to be said for slower progress if the result is higher quality.

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RE[2]: Natural evolution
by aliver on Fri 13th Feb 2015 05:06 UTC in reply to "RE: Natural evolution"
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Agree with you on the "stable hardware platform" front. I saw what SGI did with IRIX in the 90's and it's the reason why I still have 5 SGI's sitting around :-)

Once the devs know they are going to have to target they spend less time dorking with drivers and HW futzery and more time writing software users want.

The sore spot IMHO is lack of transparency on framebuffer/GPU drivers followed by wireless driver vendor intransigence.

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