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 diegoviola on Wed 29th Aug 2012 02:33 UTC in reply to "X Sucks"
diegoviola
Member since:
2006-08-15

These posts shouldn't even exist until X has a decent fallback mode or is replaced by wayland.

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

Cue the excuses.


KMS has fixed this. Now all open source drivers (Intel, Radeon, Nouveau) and all DRI drivers (in-kernel drivers) use KMS by default.

What this means is that when the kernel boots and the driver is loaded, your monitor and video is configured on the fly (automatically) for you, so you get a native resolution automatically, and X/Wayland uses this by default, so the user never have to do anything, all this happens automatically, and the user never sees a command line or anything like that.

What the user actually sees is that the kernel flickers for a second and then a sleek splash screen with the native resolution, and then X/Wayland "just works".

There's nothing to configure. Things "just work" these days.

Troll harder next time.

Edited 2012-08-29 02:50 UTC

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RE[2]: X Sucks
by Dryhte on Wed 29th Aug 2012 06:41 in reply to "RE: X Sucks"
Dryhte Member since:
2008-02-05

What? Things on PC 'just work'? Time for an Apple lawsuit then... there must be a software patent somewhere about things 'just working'.

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