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Comment Re:"Improved user-experience"? (Score 1) 170

The "support" currently in Gnome3 is ridiculous: you can scale your fonts, but all the window decorations, panel icons etc remain tiny, no matter how you scale that. And you can scale windows by integer numbers which means you end up with window decorations being too tiny or too large because what you really would need is 1.45.
On top of that, none of this happens automatically, your have to use the gnome-tweak-tool to fiddle with it.

I do not know if you have actually tried to use Gnome3 on a HiDPI laptop, it simply is a terrible experience. Granted, not all of it is due to Gnome3, since the underlying abstraction model is totally broken and individual apps, including Java apps, are still doing their thing based on physical pixels.
It is breath-taking that such a basic aspect of interacting with an OS is still broken so badly in the year 2015 (and I hear it is nearly equally broken in Windows).

Cinnamon does a much better job about handling HiDPI right out of the box at the moment.

I have to admit I do not know how Wayland is going to address this issue, if it helps to solve the current situation I am all for it.

But that was not even my major point: what really annoys me about Gnome3 is the way how they without any apparent need took away ways of interaction, ways to configure and personalize, ways of how to get work done efficiently from their users and forced their one golden path to happiness on everyone.
As if people would be using Linux because they love others to limit their options and make decisions about how to do their work for them!

Comment To be fair ... (Score 1) 170

Unity is an abomination several orders of magnitude worse than Gnome3. On the other hand Cinnamon is the only one among all of them that can handle HiDPI correctly, unfortunately it frequently locks up and has a ton of other problems.
Hipster designers and self-declared usability experts are everywhere and they have ruined many a good project.

Comment I mainly agree ... (Score 1) 170

but the problem is that for some reason the only real effort and money goes into shit projects like Gnome3 or Unity.
Tiny projects like Cinnamon or Mate do a much better job but necessarily have more problems because only a fraction of work goes into them.
For example, Cinnamon is currently the only desktop manager that can really deal with HiDPI on Linux. Everything else is still an abomination.

Comment "Improved user-experience"? (Score 1) 170

Gnome 3 has made the user-experience a disaster. But even worse, it took away or made it much harder for a user to fix that disaster, even when willing to invest time to fix it. Because, you know, the Gnome3 developers just know so much than all their users what the users want and need.
So they decided that it is really not good for us to have task bar any more, or to have shortcut icons on the desktop or have shortcut icons in the panel, or have the panels organized like we want, because doing it all like they figured out some noobs want to do it is obviously the only road to happiness for us all.
And they were so busy taking away the freedom of their users they could just not be arsed to work on important stuff like e.g. proper support of HiDPI monitors or multitple monitor configurations with big differences in DPI.

The same applies, probably even more, to the Unity team, btw.

Comment Any good meta-studies out there? (Score 1) 398

This is not my field of expertise, so I do not know the literature. But I know that I read more or less an identical assessment in a scientific report that was created for the Australian legislators in the 1980'ies upon which i stumbled by chance. I read similar assessments in a number of books on recreational drugs later, so this cannot be new at all and must already be backed by dozens, if not hundreds of studies?
Could we not finally start to just accept these insights as facts?

Comment The problem is greed ... (Score 2) 175

The ones now complaining about how risky it is to rely on open-source software are exactly thos thousands of companies who just use open-source and never give anything back, usually not even provide a patch ever. It is not the fault of open-source it is the fault of greedy assholes who just take, never give back and then complain and bash.

Comment seriously though ... (Score 1) 673

i find it interesting what you write here because this (the pressure from other women, behavior from other males) is not what I have experienced in the european countries where I have been at all. The problem there mostly is that women (statistically) just are not interested in the topic, just as they are not interested in e.g. electrotechnics.
Now we could argue endlessly why that would be: is it in the genes? is it the upbringing? is it how these fields are portrayed in culture? I don't know, but the fact of the matter is that women, on average, just simply do not want this kind of job. And when I talk to some of them now, after I had this job, as a male, for a couple of decades, I think they might have a point.

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