Linked by David Adams on Wed 10th Sep 2008 15:43 UTC, submitted by Michael Larabel
X11, Window Managers It has been one year and four days since X.Org 7.3 was released and a number of months since X.Org 7.4 was supposed to be released, but today X.Org 7.4 is scheduled to finally make it out the door! This release is shipping quite late and with a slimmed down set of features, but in this article we have more details on what this release holds in store for the Linux desktop community and why it may be a short-lived release.
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As said previously
by kaiwai on Wed 10th Sep 2008 21:08 UTC
kaiwai
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2005-07-06

The whole purpose of the opensource world is to 'scratch and itch' so the inevitable result, however, is that unsexy (but crucial) parts of the stack are neglected by their lack of sex appeal. Xorg is an example of just that - where people's interests sit at the top and visible layer rather than the unsexy work that sits underneath. There are some projects, like the Linux kernel, which have obtained a level of 'attractiveness' but the general rule of thumb - the more unsexy it is, the less developers. That can be seen in GTK+/GLib/Pango, Xorg and numerous other low level components.

It is unfortunate that companies aren't putting the man power they need to fix these issues - and these issues aren't new, this has been going on for a while now - a Sun engineer in one of his blogs talked about the sliding quality and quantity of contributors to the project. Unfortunately, the solution is going to cost Linux distributors/Sun/HP/IBM/etc more money - and given the nature of doing the least amount possible, I doubt there will be any sizeable contributions from them anytime soon.

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RE: As said previously
by fretinator on Wed 10th Sep 2008 21:16 in reply to "As said previously"
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2005-07-06

The whole purpose of the opensource world is to 'scratch and itch'

Of course, this is an improvement over the Free Software world, which is mostly "scratch and sniff".

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RE: As said previously
by cyclops on Wed 10th Sep 2008 21:21 in reply to "As said previously"
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2006-03-12

I was going to agree with you your same point has been put by Linus as others in a "positive light" see any article regarding contribution to the kernel. Albeit you must remember your precious OS X is built on Open source.

As far as amateur[sic] FOSS programming goes, you can see where it really shines and thats small tools and add-ons that make up a whole. IMO are where it really shines which is why I'm really excited about Openoffice.org 3.0 and Firefox 3.0 is simply fantastic.

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RE[2]: As said previously
by kaiwai on Wed 10th Sep 2008 21:57 in reply to "RE: As said previously"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

I was going to agree with you your same point has been put by Linus as others in a "positive light" see any article regarding contribution to the kernel. Albeit you must remember your precious OS X is built on Open source.


Who said I was criticising OpenSource? nice to see that when you disagree with someone, you and your many sock puppets silence critics. How many accounts do you have here? 2, 3 or 12?

The problem with the 'scratch and itch' philosophy is that if something is critical but doesn't provide a sufficient itch to developers, it will be ignored in favour of a more interest itch.

I don't know how the hell you came to the conclusion that I 'hated' open source - but then again cyclops, you're a know hyperbolist and liar who is willing to twist and distort other peoples posts to suit your own twisted ends.

As far as amateur[sic] FOSS programming goes, you can see where it really shines and thats small tools and add-ons that make up a whole. IMO are where it really shines which is why I'm really excited about Openoffice.org 3.0 and Firefox 3.0 is simply fantastic.


Who made any value judgement over amateur? you do realise that amateur is not a pejorative but merely meaning, "this person is not paid for the work done". As for OpenOffice.org 3.0 and Firefox, may I suggest you look at who are the main contributors to these projects.

Edited 2008-09-10 21:59 UTC

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