The Linux Kernel�s Impact on the Desktop User Experience
Dec 14, 2010, 20:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christopher Tozzi)
"It's a cliché that most computer users care more about
bells and whistles than how software performs "under the hood." And
while there may be some truth in such a view, it's also clear that
the backend affects users in important ways, whether they realize
it or not. To illustrate this point, let's take a look at some
recently introduced features in the Linux kernel, and what they
mean for the desktop user experience.
"The overall experience for all but the geekiest of Linux users,
of course, has a lot more to do with which distribution they choose
and which desktop environment they run than with the kernel itself.
The kernel mostly only provides a platform for everything else, and
doesn't define the way the computer is used.
"But that doesn't mean the kernel is irrelevant, not even on the
desktop where graphical applications are much more important to
most people than process tables and module interfaces. Indeed,
consider the following recent developments in kernel code destined
for release in the near future, and their impact on end-users:"