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
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by rajj on Sun 16th Aug 2009 23:33 UTC in reply to "RE: The Weather in Darjeeling"
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You keep mindlessly repeating the isolation mantra as if it will magically solve the problem you experienced. It won't. X11 fundamentally has a lot of isolation seeing as each of the parts communicates over network sockets. Of course, I'm pretty sure you've ranted before about how that also makes X suck.

The real problem is that X clients can't survive the server going away. There are a number of good reasons why this is the case. The most important being that --for performance reasons-- the server maintains data structures on behalf of the clients (such as pixmaps). There a number of ways this could be rectified, but it would undoubtedly cause API semantics to change in non-trivial ways.

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