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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What are MY requirements?
by deathshadow on Tue 27th Nov 2012 19:19 UTC
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My requirements is for an OS where I can actually have the microphone jack mute the speakers on a laptop without dicking around on the command line for two hours... only to then find out that when 'fixed' it breaks hibernation. My requirements is for multiple display support that actually lets applications be aware *SHOCK* of screen edges and the concept of a 'primary display'. My requirements is for a clipboard that doesn't mangle things across applications every five seconds due to there being some twenty different clipboard formats and controllers, to the point you can't even hit copy in a browser and paste in GIMP without it mangling the colorspace. My requirements is to not have to dick around with config files just to unlock resolutions other than 800x600 or worse, have to force it into 16 bit video mode just because the open source drivers get down on their knees in front of the proverbial equine. I require LEGIBLE fonts that are more concerned about making sure I can read it than they are that the 'glyph is properly formed' and that doesn't kern text like a sweetly retarded crack addict. My requirements include that my GTX 560TI is fully supported and doesn't behave like the Ge8800 I threw in the trash six years ago.

But more importantly, I require applications that actually WORK and provide full functionality, instead of the pathetic crippleware that LOOKS good, but is like a trip in the wayback machine to windows 3.0! Worse most tasks involve so much screwing around on the command line for mundane stuff I might as well throw my I7 machine in the trash and drag out the Trash-80 Model 12 for all the 'improvement' it offers.

Which as a desktop OS, I've yet to see ANY *nix (even OSX) provide. *nix is great for servers, keep it there. For my desktop, it can shtup right off! To be brutally frank as a desktop OS, the slate of different WM's for X11 haven't even caught up to Windows 3.1 in functionality apart from long filename support.

But what do I know? I consider Windows 98 to be the pinnacle of computer UI design and most everything since to be pointless idiotic changes that make it less functional -- but at least with Win7 and earlier I can turn all the idiocy off.

Which is why Win8 unless you hack the hell out of the registry and load up on third party software ends up lumped with every other blasted OS in "welcome to the worst of 1994" usability.

Edited 2012-11-27 19:23 UTC

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