Re: Why Linux?
> Well, frankly said, I do not really
> understand the fanaticism surrounding
> Linux. GNU is a cool
> operating system, and a viable UNIX
> solution, but it has many weak points.
> One of them is
> the Linux kernel.
> [ and glibc ]
> What we WOULD need is modern, scalable
> software technology. What we HAVE is
> Linux - if we step beyond the all too
> obvious technical problems with this.
> Also, have a look at WHAT exactly runs
> in kernel space? Well, more than half of
> it could as
> well run in user space, providing more
> stability and scalability. Linux was
> already an outdated
> example of proto-unices when it was a
> mere idea in the head of Linus. Now it's
> I believe what the UNIX community and
> the platform itself needs is a new breed
> of unices,
> based on new ideas but maintaining
> compatibility to old technologies.
I fully agree, although currently my favorite OS is NetBSD, new things will eventually evolve from old and new concepts. QNX is another cool example of a POSIX IPC-based realtime microkernel, which unfortunately does not have I license I particularly like. But it borrowed old ideas, and brought in new ones, assembled them, to produce a cool system (which of course still needs some work).
This may not belong in this thread, but KDE imho is unfortunately a badly designed system from the ground up (internals), and I'm personally happy to not be obliged to work with GUIs much, but that's me. I was quite surprised when I noticed that kdeinit was preventing 512M of ram from being used for other applications, and starting something like openoffice would take far more time than for instance, under icewm, where most of RAM is available to load large applications in a few seconds without swapping. It also runs way too many processes for the functionality it provides.
This said, in the GUI area as well can be innovations. A thing which can slow this progress is the need for solid working systems, (NetBSD in my case) which we naturally stick to, it "just works". But research is important too, which eventually leads to other "working" systems, which may suit better future needs as well.
Re: What's wrong with gnome?
> I still have one problem, terminals! I
> have a button in the bar that launches a
> terminal, so, since most of the time i'm
> lazy and i dont want to search for a
> terminal I go and push the button to get
> me a fresh terminal. This is great,
> until i see that i have 20 terminals
> alltogether and i have to start choosing
> which ones should be closed. Anyone has
> any idea on how to overcome this? I also
> dont like programs like powershell
> because i usually close the window
> instead of closing a tab.
screen is your friend, only a single terminal window is required.