Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 24th Nov 2012 17:52 UTC
Editorial Do you depend on your computer for your living? If so, I'm sure you've thought long and hard about which hardware and software to use. I'd like to explain why I use generic "white boxes" running open source software. These give me a platform I rely on for 100% availability. They also provide a low-cost solution with excellent security and privacy.
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RE[2]: Off Subject a bit
by skeezix on Mon 26th Nov 2012 19:45 UTC in reply to "RE: Off Subject a bit"
skeezix
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They're offering it as an option for GNOME 3.8 -- they're dropping fallback mode, which is kinda sad (because it tends to work better inside a virtual machine or on older hardware) but they're bolting a traditionally-shaped desktop into the composited environment for those who want it:

http://www.webupd8.org/2012/11/gnome-shell-38-to-get-classic-mode.h...

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RE[3]: Off Subject a bit
by Lennie on Thu 29th Nov 2012 12:21 in reply to "RE[2]: Off Subject a bit"
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2007-09-22

The VM story was already worked on for longer than that.

Here is an other solution which is coming:

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=OTM0Nw

There are more in the story and there are others.

But it isn't heaven yet:

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTIxMTg

LLVMPipe is kinda funny anyway:

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTA2NjY

Developers do know and work on it:

"Developers hope Unity 6.8 will improve things a bit by taking care of some visual and performance problems. One of the main performance fixes is trying to improve the performance of the Unity desktop when using the Gallium3D LLVMpipe driver as the fallback method for software accelerated when no supported GPU/driver is detected. However, Unity on LLVMpipe may still be too weak for the ARM desktop."

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTE5OTk

Edited 2012-11-29 12:31 UTC

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