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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FooBarWidget
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2005-11-11

Great job? How is an incredibly late, feature-cut release great? If MS did something like this people would be howling at the moon.


Maybe because X.org is *not* MS?

Look at Chrome vs IE8. Both use multiple processes. People treat Chrome like the second coming of Christ, while non rejoice about IE8. And apparently, nobody thinks that this unequal treatment of MS is strange.

So the fact that X.org is not MS is a valid reason for praising them.

And how much were you paying for X.org again? Nothing, I suppose. Why don't you lend a hand, either by contributing code yourself, or by donating money to the developers, or by hiring someone to contribute? Yes yadda yadda open source developers are teh suck and elitist. That doesn't mean that they have to work for you for free, especially when they're already doing their best. If you've paid money for X.org then go complain to your vendor and tell them to assign more people to X.org development.

Yes yadda yadda open source developers are jerks. Nonsense. Nothing's going to change just because you're complaining. It doesn't get work done. *People who write code* get work done. You can complain all about the wolves that are threatening your livestock, but it isn't going to help you until you do something about it.

Edited 2008-09-11 14:59 UTC

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chris_dk Member since:
2005-07-12


And how much were you paying for X.org again? Nothing, I suppose. Why don't you lend a hand, either by contributing code yourself, or by donating money to the developers, or by hiring someone to contribute?


The standard response you see when you critise FOSS.

Fact is: FOSS is free. That doesn't exempt it from critism. Please understand this.

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FooBarWidget Member since:
2005-11-11

The standard response you see when you critise FOSS.


Uhm no. You didn't read the rest of my comment.

It doesn't matter how much you whine about "standard response". Whining doesn't get you anywhere. America isn't built by people who whine. Democracy isn't formed by people who whine. Software isn't made by people who whine. Problems aren't fixed by people who whine.

It's by people who do.

It has got nothing to do with being exempt from criticism or not. Whining isn't going to solve it, regardless of whether it's exempt from criticism. You aren't solving the problem.

I've seen this happening over and over in many places. People complain, whine. And a year later, nothing changed and the problem still exist. Why? Because whining and complaining is all that people have done - nobody actually stepped forward and fixed the problem. People who say "Typical standard FOSS response" aren't getting it. I'm criticizing you for not doing anything useful, not for criticizing.

Edited 2008-09-11 18:00 UTC

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