Survey: Linux kernel quality
Posted Jul 10, 2006 15:42 UTC (Mon) by tjc
In reply to: Survey: Linux kernel quality
Parent article: Survey: Linux kernel quality
5 year old hardware is more than powerful enough for anyone except hardcore gamers (who are going to be tied to windoze anyway) and, in my experience, new systems are much less reliable than they once were...
As a fully recovered Quake II adict I can understand that people like their games, but I and several million other people could get along really well with a 2D graphics card and all the 3D stuff ripped out of the X server.
...increasing churn rate and price competition seem to be reducing new PC systems build quality, hence reliability, to the point where the retailers and consumers could easily be removed from the loop altogether - just ship direct to the landfill!
Yes, it's bad. I gave up on consumer-level PCs some years ago and build from parts. It's the only way you can get a good power supply.
However, as a very casual TV viewer (my "home theater" features a 19" tube) I have adopted the landfill approach to consumer electronics. When something breaks I go to Best Buy and buy the cheapest replacement I can find. When that breaks, I dumpster it and buy another. I can't imagine where they're going to find room to pile all this stuff 100 years from now.
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