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Comment Wayland is also now the default (Score 5, Informative) 154

Fedora 25 marks the first release of a mainstream distro to switch to Wayland as the default display server (it will set X11 if it's detected that you're using incompatible drivers such as the nvidia drivers for example). I'm surprised there's no front page story about this on /.

Hell, there's not even token a mention of it in this summary.

Comment NFS? (Score 1) 226

Does anyone have any good recommendations for a device that can mount NFS (I guess smb/cifs would be okay too) that also supports a wide range of media formats? Currently, I'm using a Boxee, and it still mostly works, but it's getting long in the tooth. I may need to build my own custom XBMC device as the eventual replacement...

Comment Re:KDE5 crashs anyway even with X11 (Score 1) 133

I've had the same experiences with 15.10. 15.04 was much less unreliable. The most common crash I see in KDE (and occurs several times daily for me in 15.10) is with krunner (the run dialog you bring up with alt-F2). It crashes several times a day for me. 50% of the time, krunner is automatically restarted for me, the remaining time I have to manually run "krunner &" in a terminal. For whatever reason, whether it's distribution centric or it's KDE 5.4 (or possibly 5.5, whatever is in the KDE backports ppa for 15.10) has become extremely crashy. More often than not, KDE ends up crashing back to the login screen when I resume on my laptop.

I've been using KDE since the 1.1.x days, and I haven't really liked gnome much since the 1.2.x (although I have yet to try gnome 3 at all)... So it's not like I'm some anti-KDE zealot.

I think I'll give gnome 3 under X11 a try when Fedora 24 comes out, and then try it under Wayland (so I have a basis for comparison). I may or may not like Gnome 3, but I'm very excited to try Wayland which should be a much more complete experience. I've tried Weston and Enlightenment via Rebecca Black OS, and while I certainly encountered too many bugs to even think about daily use, the experience was otherwise much superior. Never do I see random little lags or skips when dragging windows around, etc in Wayland. I see these relatively often on my system under X11 with an i75960x, and Nvidia titan X, so it's certainly not due to lack of hardware...

Comment KDE is a work in progress (Score 5, Informative) 133

I read the article a few hours ago on my way to work, and I don't recall it being mentioned that the KDE port to Wayland is very much a work in progress, but this is slashdot and no one readons TFA's anyway so it's worth mentioning here. Of course the KDE port to Wayland isn't going to be very good as in a work-in-progress and more of a technology preview at this point.

I've been meaning to try Gnome 3 under Wayland... This blog post makes me even more interested. Although I should probably try Gnome 3 under X11 first so I have a basis for comparison.

Comment Wayland? (Score 1) 130

This is supposed to be a major issue with X. X lets any client read all input sent to the X server, view any window, etc. These aren't bugs in X, it's how it's designed.

Wayland doesn't allow this behavior so probably such a trojan wouldn't be possible with Wayland (outside of the audio aspect that is).

Comment Wayland support! (Score 1) 170

I've been a KDE user since the 1.1.x days, but even I'm pretty excited about the Gnome 3.18 release. This release is supposed to have very polished Wayland support! If the Wayland support is all it's cracked up to be, Fedora should default to Wayland over with Gnome 3.20. I don't use Fedora either, but if 24 defaults to Wayland, I'll install it to another partition at the very least.

Comment Re:Is it just me? (Score 2, Insightful) 83

At this point, it's mostly just you. All this work going on vastly simplifies the stack. Wayland compositors are much simpler than the entire X stack (which has to be supported even though much of it isn't used). Unfortunately, X still needs to stay around in some capacity so we can still play our proprietary games ,etc.

Comment Re:This could be good news... (Score 2) 241

Agreed. Wayland development appeared to accelerate after Ubuntu announced Mir. If the only thing that ever happens because of Mir is that it made the rest of the Linux community unite behind Wayland and speed its adoption, that's still a good thing.

From what I've heard about the commit statistics, there was no real change in Wayland development itself. Where we're seeing the acceleration is the desktop environments realizing they really needed to start their porting work. THIS is definitely a good thing.

And Ubuntu started Mir because their engineers seem to believe Mir has fundamental performance advantages over Wayland in resource-constrained environments like phones. It's possible they're completely wrong, but if they're right then we need Mir for Linux on smart phones.

There seems to be this myth that Wayland doesn't work with Android GPU drivers. Mir's support for Android drivers uses libhybris to achieve this, which is atually Wayland library for allowing Wayland to work with Android GPU drivers.

And we're starting to this sort of thing a lot. Mir really just isn't too fundamentally different from Wayland. Typically when Mir support is added to something, they've simply taken the Wayland support and have made a relatively small amount of changes (sdl2, xwayland/xmir, etc). I think in the long run, Canonical will partially throw in the towel and Mir will end up being a Wayland compositor that's also capable of running Mir specific (mobile?) apps.

I don't know that the Mir devs really believed these issues. That's not to say that such claims weren't made (most/all of which were thoroughly debunked the same day they came out), but the real reason for Mir's existence is control for their mobile platform. Wayland is MIT licensed, and Mir is GPLv3 which a CLA. If canonical had been more honest about their reasons for Mir, I think they'd be receiving far less flak for it. No other reason really makes much sense. They're just too similar.

Comment Re:Explain (Score 5, Interesting) 296

This quote makes zero sense: " on Windows and DirectX (and to a lesser extent Mac OS), systems that cannot be relied upon in the long term." Really, because my experience with Linux and backwards / forwards support for both software and hardware has been vastly worse than Windows from XP through 8. Sure before XP, Windows 9x was terrible, but are we really going to keep basing derp derp FUD on a 5 year window of hard lessons from nearly 15 years ago? Can we just fess up and admit that SteamOS is an effort predicated on a personal beef Gabe Newell has with Microsoft and especially the fact that Windows 8 included it's own store and that store was not Steam. The story is well documented and the whole industry is going to blow a lot of money on development just to satisfy one man's ego.

Linux supports older hardware than windows 7 and 8, no question. Regarding the software... You definitely have a point there. Almost. The Linux kernel itself actually has backwards compatibility for userspace software going back quite a bit. It's mostly glibc that breaks this. If it isn't happening already, it will eventually. You'll be downloading games from that simply ship with their own libraries. I believe a lot of Windows software works this way.

You can actually get a lot of old loki games to run in linux by installing older versions of various libraries. Although, you do encounter some issues. For example, Simcity 3000 won't give you sound since it wants to use esd (which hasn't seen use in years), but the game will otherwise run. This takes some work to setup, but if the games on steam do this for you, it's a non-issue.

Comment Re:Custom Builds (Score 4, Informative) 564

Not anymore. Asus mentioned they have sold millions of high end/gaming motherboards as gamers no longer buy Dells and replace the GPU like they did in the old days.

You can thank crappy PSU's and proprietary tiny cases for this decline as gamers are the only ones who upgrade besides corporations and they only do so every 10 years now when MS decides it needs more money for another OS upgrade.

I was about to ask you to back up that claim, but a quick google shows what you're saying as true:

The article is a bit dated, but apparently Asus was expecting to ship 22.2 million mid to high end boards in 2013. It's starting to seem custom rigs (particularly for gaming) is hardly a niche. Maybe the market's somewhat smaller than desktop machines, but it's certainly large enough to be considered healthy and is still growing.

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