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Advogato: Thoughts on the world of GUI's

Feb 18, 2001, 18:57 (24 Talkback[s])
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"Since I have been into Linux, I have really been concentrating my efforts on the world of the Linux Desktop. OK...I admit it, I came to Linux as a Windows user, but I don't see that as any bad thing."

"KDE was one of the first projects that captured my imagination, and since has given me the enthusiasm to learn C++, learn the Qt and KDE libraries, and learn the fine art of communicating with different people from different backgrounds in a professional manner. The crux of what I want to say in this article are my observations as a developer for a desktop for Linux (and other UNIX's too of course). Oh and these opinions are mine by the way, so if you disagree and want to flame someone, please don't go and have a go at someone else."

"Desktops for Linux sure are a funny thing, and there seem to be a number of issues in which people want to either express an opinion or they don't. An example is the X Window system. In my opinion X is a dog. It is a hefty chunk of software which sits under the desktop software and slows the system down quite a lot. X does have many advantages such as network transparency, but I ask the question "does the featureset of X warrent its weight on the system?" I am by no means an expert on X and I do not wish to profess to be, but I get the impression that X is an old technology that is having trouble being dragged into the modern age. An example is anti-aliased fonts and support for truetype fonts. Only recently have these features made it into X. I feel development of X needs to speed up on implementing features such as this, and optimising the system."

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