Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Mar 2014 00:00 UTC
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Major new features for this release include a significant update to the experience for finding and installing applications, as well as major facelifts for the Videos and gedit applications. Those who have high resolution displays will benefit from greater support, and users will experience better start up times as well as more efficient resource usage. They will also be able to quickly organize their applications with the new application folders feature.

I remember a time when GNOME and KDE releases were big deals here. Feels like eons ago, a distant memory from an irrelevant past.

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hopeful delusions
by mistersoft on Thu 27th Mar 2014 00:49 UTC
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2011-01-05

a distant memory from an irrelevant past

Sounds like one half of and extinct relationship trying to rewrite the history of a once full and productive union.

I can't help but feel you've been fully seduced by the phone and mobile OS bubble. I use the word bubble as the current popularity of mobile reminds me of the 90s tech stock bubble - not so much via any intrinsic link - purely the similarity in the weight of expectations based largely on hope than on experience rather than hard numbers and facts.

I think people *want* mobile to become some sort of minority report level information interpreter and life advancement facilitator - jesus even samsung started calling the galaxy line, what was it a 'life companion'.? mmm.

desktop environments and traditional desktop windowing paradigms have *plenty* of advancement of their own left to do before the minority report, google glass, VR and AR, brain plugin systems gain any real relevance. I think there's a decade and maybe two of traditional desktop computing left - and that's just on the personal side. On the business side it's far longer

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RE: hopeful delusions
by Luminair on Thu 27th Mar 2014 15:49 in reply to "hopeful delusions"
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2007-03-30

maybe the "past" he's referring to is the one where people thought linux could beat windows on the desktop

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RE[2]: hopeful delusions
by No it isnt on Thu 27th Mar 2014 17:05 in reply to "RE: hopeful delusions"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

I'm not convinced that past has ever existed. Year $CURRENT+1, the year of Linux on the desktop, has always been a joke.

But back when it started, Linux still suffered with Netscape on an IE internet. Office compatibility was years off. Choosing to run Linux had real, negative consequences, just like buying a Mac.

The situation is far better these days, which is probably why the joke has become so stale: Linux is already pretty mature as a desktop. The little tweaks don't matter as much, and the bigger issues (Wayland) will take several years to resolve. Maybe 2017 will be the year of Linux on the desktop.

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RE[2]: hopeful delusions
by Soulbender on Thu 27th Mar 2014 17:48 in reply to "RE: hopeful delusions"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Maybe the past is when Thom cared about other things than Windows Phone and Apple.

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