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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And how much were you paying for 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:

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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Wrawrat Member since:

Well, maybe they're not getting it, but you don't seem to get something else: most people just want something that works. They couldn't care less of the development process of their software, they just want to use their computer. It's not because the source is available that you have the time, the will and/or the technical expertise to fix it.

It will only get worse as more people are adopting free software. If the developers can't handle it, perhaps they should stop bragging their environment as a suitable alternative for everyone to proprietary environments, where these companies do cope with whining because it's their bread and butter.

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