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LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 16, 2013
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Wayland and Weston 0.85.0 released
Posted Feb 10, 2012 18:40 UTC (Fri) by gurulabs (subscriber, #10753)
Posted Feb 10, 2012 19:34 UTC (Fri) by bronson (subscriber, #4806)
Posted Feb 10, 2012 21:32 UTC (Fri) by danielpf (subscriber, #4723)
Posted Feb 10, 2012 21:40 UTC (Fri) by Kit (guest, #55925)
LWN did, in their blurb, refer to Wayland as a 'display system', which should lead most people in the general direction of what Wayland is.
Posted Feb 10, 2012 23:20 UTC (Fri) by lambda (subscriber, #40735)
People quote release announcements, forward them to other lists, treat them as press releases, use them for summaries on aggregator sites, and the like. Having the essentials covered in your release announcement means that anyone who sees that message out of context will still get the information that they need, they won't have to go hunting in several other locations to figure out what you are talking about.
Posted Feb 12, 2012 0:16 UTC (Sun) by k8to (subscriber, #15413)
Posted Feb 10, 2012 22:25 UTC (Fri) by HelloWorld (guest, #56129)
Posted Feb 10, 2012 23:24 UTC (Fri) by corbet (editor, #1)
The original poster was right. Normally when I come across a release announcement without any background information, I just dump it; in this case, I thought it was important enough to post. I added "display system," but could really have done better. Live and learn.
Posted Feb 10, 2012 23:35 UTC (Fri) by stijn (subscriber, #570)
Posted Feb 10, 2012 23:36 UTC (Fri) by corbet (editor, #1)
Posted Feb 13, 2012 3:02 UTC (Mon) by jmalcolm (guest, #8876)
If you think it is newsworthy, I would like to hear about it.
Posted Feb 11, 2012 4:57 UTC (Sat) by proski (subscriber, #104)
Posted Feb 11, 2012 23:16 UTC (Sat) by jensend (guest, #1385)
Next we'll see people claiming they need a paragraph-long explanation of why they should care affixed to every announcement about the kernel, X.org, etc. That way lies madness.
Posted Feb 12, 2012 7:31 UTC (Sun) by andrel (subscriber, #5166)
Posted Feb 12, 2012 11:27 UTC (Sun) by danielpf (subscriber, #4723)
Let us try to stay rational and think about the whole process. The number of people reading a given LWN message amounts to well a few 1000's. Of these I guess a minority knows about W&W and don't need or will wish a simple link/explanation/summary about W&W. But even if a majority knows about W&W and only 10% of readers get impatient like me, and need each to google to learn about the basics of W&W they will well need a few 10's of sec to satisfy their curiosity, instead of a fraction of sec to read a short summary. On the other hand the time for the editor to write a short summary may take, say 10 sec. The overall global gain in time and satisfaction is clearly vastly in favor of this little investement by the LWN editor.
What you are fearing, "paragraph-long explanation", would be indeed counterproductive if the time spend by the editor to produce such explanations would not even be gained by the readership. Too wordy texts are also bad as they tend to become a time loss for the general audience. So one can estimate when a news channel is too terse or too wordy. My guess is that LWN is far from an average TV channel. In general I find the level right, just occasionally it may be too terse like in this case.
Posted Feb 16, 2012 5:00 UTC (Thu) by rusty (✭ supporter ✭, #26)
The curt description given ("the Wayland display system") is consistent with the other entries (LibreOffice and PyPy) on this page.
If you are suggesting that the LWN announcements should include a standard descriptive sentence for each project, your message was drowned out by the blaring noise of everyone's troll detector going off.
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