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Comment: Re:Ugh (Score 1) 552

by Greyfox (#47718087) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'
Well anyone on QT can just pick a new renderer. Assuming we want to throw our fortunes in with QT. More people seem to be going that way. I'm pretty much writing off Gnome/GTK/Unity. I run Enlightenment right now. It doesn't look like ass, has focus follows mouse and has the concept of running more than one app (or multiple instances of one app) at one time. Rather than ramming some concept of how someone else thinks I should work, it lets me work the way I want to work. This is a very simple concept which if you don't embrace will relegate you to the status of also-ran. Gnome/GTK/Unity chose that status for themselves. So did Windows 8. Hopefully the next thing that comes along won't make the same mistake.

Comment: Exploration is supposed to have surprises (Score 1) 158

by Tablizer (#47716967) Attached to: Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

More bad luck than bad planning because the type of terrain they landed on had not been observed on Mars before.

It's not "bad luck", it's why you explore. If you send out a scout to the east, and he comes back with an arrow in his back, bummer for the scout, but at least you now know the east is dangerous before sending the rest of the troops to the east.

Better we find out about stiff rocks now instead of when humans are driving a rover there, without AAA.

Note this rover is better able to handle sand based on lessons from the last rovers.

Comment: Re:Poor material choice (Score 1) 158

by Tablizer (#47716901) Attached to: Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

But the wheels aren't failing. The skin on the wheels is failing but the wheels will work fine with structure alone.

Not exactly. The bent skin can potentially rub against cables, sawing them up, goofing up wheel control and other parts of the electrical system. Plus, they may start sinking in sand without skin. Sand was a big problem for earlier rovers.

Comment: Ugh (Score 2) 552

by Greyfox (#47716765) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'
I just started maintaining an old Linux X11 app. A REALLY old app. Some of the function declarations still use K&R. It's all Motif and XT. Looking at it with an eye to modernizing it, well... I guess QT won. Problem is, if I go QT, I pretty much have to drink all the QT kool-aid, since they seem to have tried to re-implement the entire C standard library under their API. Other than that, the field's pretty much right where I left it back in the mid '90's, last time I really looked at X11 programming in a big way. Actually back then GTK and gtkmm were at least looking like promising competitors to QT. Looking around at an even lower level, I can find a rant from Rasterman about imlib being faster than Xrender, and pretty much everyone deciding that OpenGL was a better way to go than Xrender anyway. That's pretty much everything, since 1995.

I think if you want the desktop it's going to take another linux-kernel-level effort around the GUI. The question is do we keep trying to put more band-aids on X11 or do we design something from the ground up that everyone can agree on?

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