That's funny. really...
Posted Jan 26, 2012 8:18 UTC (Thu) by khim
In reply to: There are huge difference, however...
Parent article: Poettering: systemd for Administrators, Part XII
That posting you've linked to is full of FUD and lies
Hardly. Instead it includes bitter truth - which nicely explained why Linux is constantly losing battle for desktop.
you can find the details in my response to that posting (which I had written before realizing I was responding to a 3-year-old posting. Oh well).
Nope. Not well. In fact it makes all the difference in a world. All the compatibility layers were afterthoughts and they were often added to the system later, often years later. When users have cried themselves hoarse and developers have left. In cases where they were added from the start (V4L) they were often buggy - and response from the driver developers was often "just stop using this obsolete interface", which is insulting for developers (who have other plans besides the need to chase random changes in Linux ABI) and absolutely unsuitable for users (who have no way to "stop using the obsolete interfaces").
As I've said: situation is slowly improving, but it's still far from perfect. You continue to say that you've run gtk2 and gtk3 applications side-by-side, that you've run Qt3 applications, etc but you forget to say what you needed to do to make them work. Usually you need to find some libraries or modules and install them, use LD_LIBRARY_PATH or other tricks. Nothing works out of the box. This is what I call nobody cares: "naïve" developers think that backward compatibility is OS developers responsibility first and theirs second if at all (most think OS developers should solve everything without them), "naïve" users think that they don't care who's responsible - but they do know they are not (especially if they paid for the application and OS... since OS is often free and "you can't get much for free" developer is usually one who's drowned in complains) and "self-righteous" Linux desktop architects "know" it's not theirs problem. The end result? 1% on desktop, lost mobile platform, etc.
BTW current 1% is actually good result: at least you still have hardware which you can use to play your power games. Don't count on it to be available forever, though.
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