[Beowulf] Sidebar: Vista Rant

Geoff Galitz geoff at galitz.org
Wed Jul 18 07:18:19 PDT 2007

> If the apple desktop was ported to linux i think Microsoft would be
> dead in the water. Gnome is crap and kde is buggy.

It's not the desktop, IMO.  It is the entire software stack.  From the
kernel up though the application layer with a predictable hardware
and  firmware layer underneath.  Even in the days of the buggy Apple
firmware, Macs worked exceptionally well because the buggy layer
would still act predictably.

Desktops are no good if the applications calling them cannot get
run reliably.  That reliability requires properly functioning layers
all throughout the system stack.

In the Linux and Windows worlds this is most obvious in the
device drivers, particularly with networking.

Monocultures are bad.


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