Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 30th Sep 2003 05:20 UTC
General Development In the dawn of the renovation of freedesktop.org's web site, David Zeuthen announced the release of HAL 0.1. HAL is an implementation of a hardware abstraction layer, as defined by Havoc Pennington's paper. It encompasses a shared library for use in applications, a daemon, a hotplug tool, command line tools and a set of stock device info files. Carlos Perelló Marín also announced the design of a similar concept, but it is expected the two projects to merge. More people are encouraged to join this innovative project. Elsewhere, Gnome's Seth Nickell is giving us a first taste of his effort to replace the Init system.
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The reviewer writes:

"I'd probably still take the 1280x854, because I don't really need everything to be teeny tiny."

I always cringe when I read this. Any good OS should be able to exploit any current resolution screen plus any forecasted improvements. Currently the best laptop resolution is 1920x1200 (UXGA) at about 150 dpi and improvement won't stop until it hits at least 300 dpi. Ultimately I want that 9.2 megapixel laptop to go with my 10 megapixel camera that I will have by that time.

Are you sure that the OS can't be configured to make every single object (text, icons, checkboxes, etc.) appear normal size with screens up to 300 dpi? Windows XP isn't too bad in its configurability, I'd be pretty disappointed if MacOS was worse. Redhat does a pretty good job too.

Get the highest resolution you can afford, there is no disadvantage other than price. (and the occasional quality control problem - Dell WUXGA screens were really messed up for a while it seemed).

Dara