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 Soulbender on Tue 28th Aug 2012 21:26 UTC in reply to "X Sucks"
Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

Leaving grandma in the command line because of a driver crash or broken update in 2012 is completely unacceptable.


Because staring at an incomprehensible BSOD or having to manually fix the issue with a safe boot and registry hacking is much superior....

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RE[2]: X Sucks
by ze_jerkface on Tue 28th Aug 2012 21:56 in reply to "RE: X Sucks"
ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

BSOD? Have you guys used Windows recently?

Even back when that happened every case I had was fixed with a reboot. Linux isn't as failsafe as Windows and if X was so great then there wouldn't be a plan to replace it.

Then there are the subpixel font issues, game resolution changing problems, clipping, video stuttering, and dependence on xorg.conf.

But I'm sure you guys have an anecdote about playing games with grandma on 3 monitors in multiple resolutions while watching a Flash video and all done without touching xorg.conf.

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RE[3]: X Sucks
by Soulbender on Tue 28th Aug 2012 22:21 in reply to "RE[2]: X Sucks"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

BSOD? Have you guys used Windows recently?


Yes. BSOD's happen although not really as frequent as some would want to believe.

Even back when that happened every case I had was fixed with a reboot.


Good for you and congratulations on using anecdotal evidence. I could say the same for Linux, it hasn't thrown me back to the CLi in years, and it would mean just as much.

Linux isn't as failsafe as Windows

Have you used Linux recently?

if X was so great then there wouldn't be a plan to replace it.


If Windows was so great there wouldn't be a need for a new version with a new UI.

But I'm sure you guys have an anecdote about playing games with grandma on 3 monitors in multiple resolutions while watching a Flash video and all done without touching xorg.conf.


No. I haven't had to touch xorg.conf in a very long time though.


Btw, you're not really fooling anyone with the"ze_" prefix.

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RE[3]: X Sucks
by Valhalla on Wed 29th Aug 2012 07:32 in reply to "RE[2]: X Sucks"
Valhalla Member since:
2006-01-24


Then there are the subpixel font issues, game resolution changing problems, clipping, video stuttering, and dependence on xorg.conf.

subpixel font issues? video stuttering? depencence on xorg.conf? when did you run Linux last?

I'm not much of a gamer so I don't know if there's any outstanding problems with resolution changes but the games I have from the humble bundles run fine in fullscreen.

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RE[3]: X Sucks
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 30th Aug 2012 19:19 in reply to "RE[2]: X Sucks"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

This is my current xorg.conf:




That's right, its completely empty ;)

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RE[2]: X Sucks
by WorknMan on Tue 28th Aug 2012 23:34 in reply to "RE: X Sucks"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Because staring at an incomprehensible BSOD or having to manually fix the issue with a safe boot and registry hacking is much superior....


Hey, at least the Windows 8 BSOD has a sad face ;)

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