Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th Aug 2009 17:55 UTC
X11, Window Managers Over the past couple of months, and especially over the past couple of weeks, I've been working very hard to write and complete my thesis. I performed all the work on Windows 7, but now that the thesis is finally done, submitted, and accepted, I installed Ubuntu - and immediately I was reminded of why I do not do any serious work on Linux: the train wreck that is X.org.
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RE: The purpose of the rant?
by zombie process on Sun 16th Aug 2009 17:18 UTC in reply to "The purpose of the rant?"
zombie process
Member since:
2005-07-08

Yes, but interviews require setting up a time and place and then transcription. It also requires cooperation and a modicum of mutual respect. At least it does in cases where no publicity is needed/wanted, and there is no $$$ to be made by either party as a result of said interview.

Rants, OTOH, simply require a scowl, a keyboard to punish, a feeling of self-importance, and a forum. When faced with this decision, especially in the face of "wanting to put idiot [insert OS here] users in their place" which avenue to you think the majority would choose?

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

The purpose of a rant/editorial is not to make the author popular or whatever other bullshit - it's to make sure a problem gets debated. Seeing there are over 200 comments here, from both sides of the fence, this editorial succeeded in its goal.

People are now discussing this subject, and that's exactly the goal. A rant need not be eloquent or extremely detailed - it needs to make people discuss and think.

And that's exactly what happened.

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RE[3]: The purpose of the rant?
by akaas on Sun 16th Aug 2009 19:03 in reply to "RE[2]: The purpose of the rant?"
akaas Member since:
2009-08-16

The purpose of a rant/editorial is not to make the author popular or whatever other bullshit - it's to make sure a problem gets debated. Seeing there are over 200 comments here, from both sides of the fence, this editorial succeeded in its goal.

Yes, there's lots of comments but it seems that most of them are just "works for me" / "X.org sucks" non-technical commenting.

What would be nice is to get technical explanations why things are like they are, what we can do to make things better, etc. comments from core X.org developers. I doubt that users ranting and chitchating makes things any better no matter how many comments there will be.

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zombie process Member since:
2005-07-08

I don't think you meant to respond to my post. Either that or you're rebutting points I didn't make.

To address you point about post count, I'm certain you know that post++ doesn't mean a thing in and of itself. Launching an incendiary into a crowd of people is extremely likely to have a dramatic effect, but seldom makes for well structured or well reasoned discourse. Discussions of these types, with very few exceptions, result primarily in an assembly of keyboard warriors keybanging fiercely back and forth.

Or do you disagree?

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