Ubuntu and window controls
Posted Mar 25, 2010 15:51 UTC (Thu) by drag
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impact then button placement.
For the purposes of the desktop what happens with applications like Metacity, Desktop
search, and that sort of stuff is much more important then anything going on in the LKML.
GTK and themeing is of much higher level of importance then 90% of the changes that have
happenned in the Linux kernel since 2.620 or so (minus the increase in driver/hardware
best positive impact the kernel and other low-level things can do is improve graphics support,
get drivers out to users faster, and (most importantly) avoid breaking people's systems.
If people are forced to care about low-level things like file systems on their Desktop all it
largely means is that Linux has failed as a desktop OS kernel.
Now in terms of workstation or server duties things get a lot simplier and a lot murkier for
Linux since you tend to be dealing with higher technical requirements and more technical
sorts of people... but largely if the user has to give a crap about low-level things it's still a bit
of a failure unless there is a huge positive benefit to doing so. (fixing breakage is not a huge
positive benefit.. it's something that should not happen in the first place ideally.)
Of course that does not mean that it's worth getting upset and flaming people over it button
placement. It still is rather petty to really get angry over. But it certainly, for most people's
experiences using the OS, it's going to be much less 'bikeshedding' then, say, debating the
merits of XFS vs Ext3. :)
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