Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Aug 2012 20:46 UTC
Linux "For years now, Linux has been a black sheep standing in the shadow of Apple and Microsoft. Despite having a fervent and enthusiastic following, the operating system hasn't been able to grab a sizable share of the computing market and has instead been content to subsist on the customers that come away dissatisfied with the mainstream competition. But that may be about to change. With the release of Microsoft Windows 8 on the horizon, some are saying Linux may have a great opportunity to steal a significant share of the market away from Microsoft, allowing it to finally take the helm as a major operating system service provider." This has to stop, and the only reason I'm linking to this nonsense is to make this very clear: Linux will not magically conquer the desktop or even make any significant gains because of Windows 8. People who don't like Windows 8 (Vista) will continue to use Windows 7 (Windows XP). This is getting so tiring. And does it even matter? Linux is winning big time in the mobile space, server space, and countless other spaces. The desktop is and always has been irrelevant to Linux.
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RE: X Sucks
by amadensor on Tue 28th Aug 2012 21:23 UTC in reply to "X Sucks"
amadensor
Member since:
2006-04-10

I'd rather be kicked back to a command line than to a blue screen where there is no chance to recover.

All crash recovery stinks. Linux's is no worse than Windows, so it is instead a matter of how often you need to use it.

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RE[2]: X Sucks
by ephracis on Tue 28th Aug 2012 22:50 in reply to "RE: X Sucks"
ephracis Member since:
2007-09-23

At least when it comes to graphics driver crashes on Windows 7 (they still occur) all that happens is that my screen flickers, switches to Aero Basic, flickers, and then everything is back to normal. No bluescreen.

So the best fallback is to just switch to another driver, try to restart the crashed driver, and keep everything running including applications and open documents.

However, if that is not possible I sure agree with you. I want a command line more than a bluescreen and a restart. Preferably mixed with some autosaving stuff (like OS X) to make sure my open documents can be recovered.

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RE[2]: X Sucks
by f0dder on Wed 29th Aug 2012 07:57 in reply to "RE: X Sucks"
f0dder Member since:
2009-08-05

I haven't had a graphics driver related BSOD since Vista came around. The other day, I had a driver restart while playing Prototype 2 - screen flickered for a few seconds, and then I could alt-tab back into the game and continue playing.

I think I've seen three BSODs the last couple of years. One was a buggy 3rd-party VPN driver, another was an unstable PSU, and the last was when my X25-E (OS drive) died.

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