inessential.com: Revisiting the Linux Desktop
Nov 24, 2000, 13:40 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Last night I installed Red Hat Linux 7 -- and was stunned by
the improvements to the desktop. The last Linux desktop I'd used
was GNOME on Red Hat 6 -- which, like all other Linux desktops I'd
used, was just about unusably ugly. The big problem was the jaggy
fonts; the second biggest problem was performance."
"But now -- for the first time I'm using a Linux desktop that
isn't a piece of s**t. Wow! I suspect it's XFree86 4 that makes the
difference. Fonts are readable; moving and re-sizing windows isn't
totally slow. (Yes, I'm running on the same machine that used to
run Red Hat 6, so it's a fair comparison.) I will no longer scoff
when people say that the Linux desktop has a chance of becoming
fairly widely used. It does have a chance. (By "widely used" I
don't mean that I think it will threaten Windows.)"
"Maybe I'll try installing a modern version of Netscape -- the
old version (4.76) that was pre-installed just plain sucks. What a
total shame. But I don't want to go into that today."